Windows 11 may soon gain support for artificial intelligence (AI) features, with Microsoft reportedly working to add support for automation and artificial intelligence to its popular desktop operating system and related products. The Redmond-based software company’s Windows 11 operating system comes with Photos and Paint apps for image viewing and basic manipulation, respectively. The apps may soon gain support for features like optical character recognition (OCR) and the use of generative artificial intelligence to create images on the fly, according to a report.

As reported by Windows Central Report Citing unnamed sources, Microsoft is working on adding AI capabilities to three apps — Photos, Camera, Paint and Snipping Tool for capturing screenshots. These apps work out of the box on Windows 11, and new features can be added through app updates on the Microsoft Store or through the company’s regular feature updates to the operating system.

The company is considering the possibility of adding support for generative artificial intelligence to the Microsoft Paint app, which would allow basic image manipulation tools to use prompts to generate images on the fly and edit them within the app. Microsoft previously introduced support for generating images based on user-provided cues on its revamped AI-powered Bing app, along with OpenAI’s DALL-E text-to-image model.

Meanwhile, the Photos app (the default app for opening images on Windows 11) as well as the Snipping Tool are getting a feature currently available on smartphones — OCR support. This feature can come in handy for millions of users without using an online service that provides the same functionality. The report also includes images built inside the camera app, which has OCR support to detect text in photos of pages.

There’s no word on if or when Microsoft will eventually roll out these features to Windows users, and some of them may require specialized hardware for neural computing to work reliably. Windows 11 is expected to receive a major software upgrade next year, and according to reports, many artificial intelligence features may make their way to the operating system. However, some of these features are still in an “experimental” stage, meaning they may take a while to roll out to users, the report said.

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