Microsoft is in its AI PC era


On The Vergecast: the new Surfaces are here, GPT-ScarJo, and the argument for a touchscreen MacBook.

By David Pierce, editor-at-large and Vergecast co-host with over a decade of experience covering consumer tech. Previously, at Protocol, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired.

Image: Alex Parkin / The Verge

We’ve heard the story so many times, that this is the time that Windows on Arm will work and we’ll get a revolution in powerful, portable, long-lasting PCs. For a decade, the story has been fiction. This time, though… I don’t know. It sort of seems real.

On this episode of The Vergecast, Tom Warren joins from Seattle to tell us all about Microsoft’s latest event, what a Copilot Plus PC is, how the new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop feel, why Recall could be the AI killer app Microsoft needs, and more. If Microsoft is right about how good the Qualcomm X chips are, this could be one of the biggest weeks in Windows history. Don’t forget to subscribe to Notepad!

After that, Kylie Robison comes on the show to talk about all things OpenAI. That lively, fun, flirty GPT-4o demo is still on our minds — is this the AI future we’re looking for? And what’s going to happen to Sky, the voice everyone heard and immediately said sounded like Scarlett Johansson, now that ScarJo herself has taken issue with it? The kind of company OpenAI wants to be, and the kinds of products it wants to build, seem hugely important in the next phase of the tech industry.

Finally, we take a question from the Vergecast Hotline about the difference between a touchscreen MacBook — which might happen — and a Mac-like iPad — which probably won’t. It’s about hardware and software, but mostly, it’s about business models. But hey, Apple, can we at least get better browsers?

If you want to know more about everything we discuss in this episode, here are some links to get you started, beginning with Microsoft:

And on OpenAI:

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