Microsoft Recall: Everything You Need to Know About the New AI Feature

Microsoft Recall: Hardware Requirements, Privacy, More!

We saw many new AI features at Microsoft’s recent event, where the brand-new Copilot+ PC was revealed. One of the interesting features that has caught my attention is the new Recall feature. You see, with the new Recall feature, you do not have to worry about forgetting something that you searched or saw on your PC. However, the functioning of the Recall feature on Windows 11 PCs seems to be a question of privacy.

Let’s dig into everything about the Recall feature from its functioning, settings, and privacy-related concerns.

Microsoft Recall – Powered by Copilot+ PC

The deal with Recall is it takes screenshots of your screen throughout the day and creates a type of memory backup on your device. This could be screenshots of screens from web browsers, chat apps, and other programs that you usually use.

microsoft recall feature

While this is a good tool that can be used if in case you ever forget what you had done or want to search through something that you had seen, Recall is your best friend. It is similar to the Timeline feature that we saw with the Windows 10 operating system.

So, whenever you want to search for a particular word, Copilot+ PC with the help do the NPU will be able to read through the screenshots and display the results on your screen right away. Recall can also be used to search through your files, e-mails, and even chats from apps such as Microsoft Teams.

Recall – Where are the Images Stored?

As explained by Satya Nadella himself during the event, Recall will be storing all the screenshots on your device itself. The images will all be stored using encryption. This means neither Microsoft nor any other program or app will be able to access those screenshots. When the feature goes live, you can adjust how much storage space can be allocated for Recall to store all the screenshots.

Recall – System Requirements to Use This Feature

As stated earlier all new PCs that are released this year starting from June 2024 will be able to use these features. However, here is a list of the system requirements that your PC needs to have so that Recall can function smoothly.

  • 16 GB of RAM
  • CPU with 8 logical processors
  • 256 GB minimum storage capacity

For Recall to be enabled on your supported 2024 PC you will need to have at least 50 GB of free space. Recall will automatically stop saving screenshots when the allocated storage space becomes less than 25 GB.

Of course, you can also choose to delete screenshots once you have no use for them manually. Additionally, you will also be able to adjust what apps or even websites, Recall will get access to. So, if you’re worried about Recall taking screenshots of important or sensitive data from apps or particular websites, you can always control it.

Recall – What Devices Support This Feature?

Now, when it comes to what devices will be able to make use of this new feature, it is safe to say not all devices be able to get this feature. So if you are someone worried about privacy risks and concerns, you shouldn’t be, as it might not work on your Windows 11 PCs. All PCs that were announced during the event come with Copilot+ PC and an NPU will have support for this feature. The upcoming PCs will come with the support of Recall feature.

This concludes everything you need to about the new Recall feature coming soon to newer PCs and laptops with Copilot+ PCs.

Now, whether this feature is supported on your Windows PC, do you think the Recall feature is useful or do you simply prefer using your methods to save things that will be helpful for you at a later date? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Joshua D'souza

Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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