Build 2024: Microsoft plans to enhance PowerToys with new AI tools


Artificial intelligence is just about impossible to avoid, and not content with packing Windows with AI-powered features, Microsoft is doing the same with PowerToys.

Details are currently a little thin on the ground, but the popular collection of utilities is due to gain a new module called Advanced Paste. Microsoft has not yet revealed much about the upcoming tool, but the schedule of events for next month's Build conference includes a session called "PowerToys Advanced Paste with Local AI".

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Build 2024 is taking place online and in Seattle from May 21 to 23, and this year there is a heavy focus on AI. The tagline for the event is: "Join Microsoft Build to grow your skills in topics like building copilots, generative AI, securing applications, cloud platforms, low-code, and more to unleash your creativity with the power of AI".

When it comes to the yet-to-be released Advanced Paste PowerToys module, a session listing invites attendees to:

Learn how PowerToys leverages AI through the use of AI backed APIs and on-device ML models to power the new Advanced Paste feature.

This is the first time Microsoft has used AI in PowerToys, but it is unlikely to be the last.

Over on X, serial leaker WalkingCat posted a query about PowerToys Advanced Paste which elicited a response from Microsoft developer Clint Rutkas:

Apart from this, Microsoft is revealing nothing about the utility, but watch this space to learn more and find out the moment it is made available to try out.

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