Source : Microsoft
Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft postpones the launch of the Recall function for its Copilot+ PCs 💻

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Microsoft has announced the postponement of the launch of its controversial Recall function, originally scheduled for June 18 with the arrival of the new Copilot+ PCs. This decision follows strong criticism of the potential privacy and security risks associated with the tool.

Recall, a practical but risky tool ? 🤔

Recall is a feature designed to record a history of activities carried out on a PC. It takes screenshots of manipulations performed throughout the day. These snapshots are then analyzed using artificial intelligence. This feature then enables users to easily find files, images, websites and other content by analyzing these screenshots. However, this system of permanent recording of manipulations raises serious questions about privacy.

While Microsoft initially assured us that Recall would be perfectly secure, cybersecurity experts have expressed serious doubts. They went so far as to describe the tool as a « nightmare » for data confidentiality.

Launch postponed for more tests 🔬

In a blog post, Microsoft has indicated that Recall will not be available with Copilot+ PCs on June 18 as planned. Instead, the feature will first be tested by members of the Windows Insider program.

« We are adjusting the release model for Recall to leverage the expertise of the Windows Insider community to ensure the experience meets our high standards for quality and security.», said Microsoft.

The aim of this additional testing phase is to gather valuable feedback from the Insider community. Any necessary adjustments will then be made before a wider roll-out. Microsoft has yet to provide a new date for the public launch of Recall. The company has only indicated that the feature will be available for all Copilot+ PCs shortly after these tests.

Microsoft’s Commitment to Security 🛡️

This postponement comes after Brad Smith, Microsoft’s Vice President and President, testified before the Homeland Security Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He highlighted that security is now Microsoft’s top priority, even above artificial intelligence. This is in line with its Secure Future Initiative (SFI). Smith also announced that security will now be a mandatory criterion in bi-annual employee appraisals.

 

Source : Microsoft

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