Microsoft delays release of AI-powered Recall, will test it with Windows Insiders first


Microsoft is delaying the release of its Recall feature, and it will not be available when the first Copilot+ PCs hit the market on June 18. The tech giant introduced Recall, an artificial intelligence (AI) feature that tracks and shows a user’s history on a device using snapshots captured periodically, at the Microsoft Surface and AI event last month. However, the feature faced criticism from online communities due to security vulnerabilities and lack of an opt-in system. Last week, the company announced several improvements to address the issues.

AI-powered recalls are delayed

Adding an update to last week’s blog post about the recall fixes, Microsoft said that instead of rolling out the feature straight to all users with Copilot+ PCs, it will now be previewed first in the Windows Insider Program (WIP) in the coming weeks. After public beta testing and incorporating feedback, the feature will be released in preview mode to all Copilot+ PCs.

“We are adjusting the release model for recalls to leverage the expertise of the Windows Insider community to ensure the experience meets our high standards for quality and security. This decision is rooted in our commitment to providing a reliable, secure, and robust experience for all customers and to obtain additional feedback before making the feature available to all Copilot+ PC users,” Microsoft said.

Notably, the Windows maker addressed the criticism of the feature and made several changes to the way the feature works. The AI-powered recall was made completely opt-in, explicitly requiring user consent before it is activated on the screen. The feature was also integrated with the Windows Hello security feature, which requires biometric authentication or a separate PIN code. Additionally, the tech giant said that the device will require “proof of presence” to view the timeline and search in recall.

Apart from this, a second layer of encryption is also being added to the feature’s search index database to protect it from bad guys. However, now it seems that Microsoft wants to take more time to test the feature within the WIP community before releasing it globally. According to a report by The Verge, the recall feature was developed in secret and was not tested publicly before being announced at the Surface event. The company is trying to correct its mistakes with this move.

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