Microsoft's Copilot+ PC Launch: Controversy, Delays, and Potential

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In the latest Windows Weekly episode hosted by Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Rich Campbell, the trio delved into the much-anticipated launch of Microsoft's Copilot+ PCs. The discussion revealed a mixed bag of controversies, delays, and potential for the future of AI-powered computing.

Microsoft's Copilot+ PC launch was marred by unnecessary controversy, as the company requested PC makers to withhold review units until the Recall feature was fixed. This decision led to a delay in the release of Recall, with Microsoft opting to test it with their Insider team before rolling it out to the public. The easier solution was to remove Recall entirely, rather than fixing it, which raises questions about the readiness of the feature.

Despite the setbacks, PC makers managed to ship out Copilot+ PCs to reviewers on the launch day, with a mandatory update to the latest version of Windows 11 24H2 before users could start exploring the new features. This update process, which Paul Thurrott dubbed "the Xbox game-ification of laptop releases," hinted at Microsoft's desire to see an AI-driven hardware upgrade cycle, similar to what Apple and Google aim for.

However, the irony lies in the fact that the AI features in Copilot+ PCs are not as compelling as one might expect. The hosts suggest that while users may be drawn in by the AI capabilities, the real benefits lie in the efficiency, uptime, and reliability of the new hardware. A brief demonstration of a MacBook Air highlighted the potential for ARM-based devices to deliver on these fronts.

Paul Thurrott, who expects to review three Copilot+ PCs soon, including the Surface Laptop 7, HP OmniBook X or EliteBook Ultra, and Lenovo Yoga Slim 7x, also shared his thoughts on the need for ARM-based processors in the Windows ecosystem. The discussion took a humorous turn with the mention of laptop stickers and an x86 PC error message, showcasing the current state of Windows computing.

As the Windows Weekly team continues to explore the evolving landscape of Windows 11, with its various update channels and feature releases, the Copilot+ PC launch serves as a reminder of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Microsoft in the AI-driven computing era.

To hear the full discussion on Microsoft's Copilot+ PC launch, along with insights on Windows 11 updates, AI advancements, and more, be sure to listen to the complete Windows Weekly episode. Tune in for an engaging and informative look at the world of Windows and beyond.

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