Microsoft postpones its controversial Recall feature

The first Copilot+ PCs will be shipped without the Recall feature, which Microsoft had initially planned to include.

The Recall feature, which takes screenshots of all a user's activities to answer queries, is being delayed.

Before publicly launching Recall, Microsoft says it will test the feature in its Windows Insider Program in the coming weeks.

"Following receiving feedback on Recall from our Windows Insider Community, as we typically do, we plan to make Recall (preview) available for all Copilot+ PCs coming soon," the company said in an updated blog post.

Microsoft first introduced Recall at its Build conference in May and planned to make it the default on all Copilot+ PCs.

However, soon after the launch, security researchers started sounding the alarm. Many found serious security issues, including the ability to access Recall data without administrator privileges and targeting users' data via malware.

Recall also drew attention from regulators, with the UK's Information Commissioner's Office starting an investigation.

After a backlash, Microsoft said that it would change Recall from being default to opt-in and make it available only by using Windows Hello.

Now, the company has decided to postpone the launch. This means that the first Copilot+ PC will be shipped without Recall next week and will reach Copilot+ users via a Windows 11 update instead.

Recall periodically takes a snapshot of what appears on the user's screen.

When logged into your Copilot+ PC, they can retrace their steps visually using Recall to find things from apps, websites, images, and documents.

This allows it to answer questions like, for example, "In which folder did I put that Word document I worked on a week ago?"