Windows 11 24H2 Paint AI requires a Microsoft account and NPU | Laptop News

Microsoft announced the new Paint AI feature called Cocreator for Copilot PCs at its Build 2024 event. This was first spotted and reported by Windows Latest in February 2024, and it’s finally coming. In an update to its support document on June 10, Microsoft confirmed the feature requires a Microsoft account and will only work on 40 TOPs NPU PCs.

Paint isn’t the only feature getting an AI upgrade. The Microsoft AI wave has arrived in all native apps. The Photos app has a Retouch feature, while the Paint app has a Paint Creator feature. Using it, you could generate AI images with the help of DALLE-3 within the app.

While Windows 11’s Paint Creator uses Microsoft’s cloud to generate AI images based on your prompts, Paint Cocreator turns your drawing/outline into an AI masterpiece locally, thanks to NPU. Paint AI Cocreator needs an NPU with 40 TOPs (trillion operations per second) to process images locally.

A 40 TOPs NPU is exclusive to Snapdragon processors included in the new Copilot+ PCs, such as the Surface Pro 11th edition, which comes with Snapdragon X Plus.

But that’s not all. Paint AI also needs a Microsoft Account to work. You might wonder why this is necessary when image generation is performed locally on the device.

The reason is that the images are AI-generated, and Microsoft has implemented some safety checks.

As you can see in the above screenshot, Paint requires you to sign into your Microsoft account and warns that interactions with AI Cocreator will be monitored for “safety and security” purposes.

It will remember your prompts, device attributes, and username to prevent the generation of harmful, offensive, or inappropriate content. Paint will block your AI image generation…

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