Microsoft doc explains plans to bring AI to Windows 11 third-party apps | Laptop News

Windows 11 24H2 will bring additional AI-based features that will run locally on Copilot+ PCs. But that doesn’t mean third-party app developers will be left out. Microsoft published a new support document that explains the scope of AI in non-native Windows apps.

Copilot+ PCs are a thing now. They brought forth Microsoft’s plans to integrate AI into Windows 11 that isn’t limited to surface-level web responses. Copilot+ PCs can process AI tasks locally because of the CPU, GPU, and NPU combination, and Microsoft wants developers to take advantage of that.

A basic overview of AI concepts

First spotted by Windows Latest, the document starts by listing the basics of integrating AI into a Windows client app. It suggests using an AI model (local or cloud-hosted) along with an AI framework like OnnxRuntime. Moreover, it suggests using C# for developing Windows apps using apart from C++ and Python.

If you are new to the app development field, the AI jargon can surely be overwhelming. But the document dissects these concepts is an easy-to-understand manner. You learn the difference between Large Language Model (LLM), model training and inferencing, prompt engineering, different AI job roles, necessary hardware, and more.

Since Copilot+ PCs pack powerful hardware, developers can use it to improve the performance of their Windows apps. Microsoft softly nudges Copilot+ PCs as a better option for AI apps to run in full glory.

Basic AI apps can use the CPU, but for complex models, a PC with NPU is an apt choice. But what does that mean for end-users like us?

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