Microsoft is reportedly planning to integrate artificial intelligence technology into Windows 11 in the next few years to bolster the utility and overall user experience, a report by Windows Central said.

This comes as the company has already said that it plans to add artificial intelligence to many of its products, such as its office applications, after adding it to the Teams video conferencing service, and later launching its AI-powered search engine Bing and Edge browser.

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According to the report citing anonymous sources, Microsoft is planning to integrate a smart snapping feature, which will sport capabilities such as remembering set groups of snapped apps so that commonly used groups can be recalled by users with a single click.

This offers a great user experience for power users who find themselves multitasking with the same set of apps on a frequent basis, allowing them to save and restore any particular layout much quicker. Currently, users are forced to set up snap layouts every time they close the apps or restart their computers.

Internal concept art for smart snapping. (Image credit: Windows Central)

Furthermore, it is also incorporating Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to enable the searching of apps in the Snap Assist interface, thus improving the time it takes to find a running app to snap side by side. It is also reportedly testing a feature that allows dynamically switching apps to give a larger slice of screen real estate to the one currently being used.

The report however did not clarify when these features will be ready but says recent Windows 11 preview builds have a hidden feature ID that makes mention of snapping suggestions, suggesting that some of it could be ready for Insiders to test in the coming weeks, and perhaps be ready for general availability later this year.