Microsoft's Recall Feature: 5 Key Points To About This New AI-Powered Feature For Windows

Microsoft's new AI-powered Recall feature for Windows 11 on Copilot Plus PCs logs digital activities. Here's everything you need to know about the new tool.
Microsoft Recall

The 'Recall' feature is exclusively available on new Copilot PCs running Windows 11. (Image: Microsoft)

Microsoft has unveiled a groundbreaking feature called Recall, designed to revolutionise the way we interact with our computers. Exclusively available on new “Copilot+ PCs” running Windows 11, Recall keeps track of everything you do on your device and allows you to easily retrieve any past activity. Here are five key points about this exciting new tool:

1. What is Recall and How Does It Work?

Recall is an AI-powered tool that logs your activities on the computer, from the apps you use to the websites you visit and even live meetings you attend. This information is stored on a timeline that you can scroll through, offering a snapshot of your past activities. Want to find a specific meeting or webpage you visited weeks ago? Just perform a “Recall” action, and the tool will provide a detailed overview of that period, helping you remember and retrieve past information effortlessly.

2. Deep Integration into Windows 11

Unlike third-party apps like Rewind, which offers similar functionality for Mac users, Recall is deeply integrated into Windows 11. This means you don’t need to install additional software or grant extensive system permissions. Everything is built into the system, making it a seamless part of your computing experience. Microsoft previously attempted something similar with the Timeline feature in Windows 10, but Recall takes it to a whole new level with more advanced capabilities.

3. Requirements and Availability

To use Recall, you’ll need to purchase one of the new “Copilot Plus PCs” that come equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite chips. These chips include a neural processing unit (NPU) essential for Recall’s operation. Additionally, your PC needs to have at least 256GB of hard drive space, with 50GB free to store the snapshots. By default, Recall will use 25GB, enough to store about three months of activity, but you can adjust this allocation in your settings.

4. Privacy and Control

Microsoft assures users that all data captured by Recall remains private and is stored locally on your device. You have full control over this data; you can pause or stop the capturing process, delete specific content, or exclude certain apps and websites from being logged. Importantly, Recall does not capture InPrivate browsing sessions in Microsoft Edge or any DRM-protected content. However, it’s worth noting that the tool doesn’t actively hide sensitive information like passwords or financial data, so users should be mindful of what gets logged.

5. Enhanced Search Capabilities

One of the standout features of Recall is its enhanced search capabilities. Thanks to Live Captions, you can search through live meetings and videos as the tool transcribes and even translates speech. This makes it incredibly easy to find specific information from your past meetings or videos, adding a significant productivity boost for users who frequently engage in virtual collaborations.
Microsoft’s Recall is a powerful new addition to Windows 11, designed to make it easier than ever to keep track of and retrieve your digital activities. While it requires specific hardware and ample storage space, the benefits of having an integrated, AI-powered memory tool are likely to make it a popular feature among users who prioritise productivity and efficiency.
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