Windows 10 Power Throttling enhances your laptop’s battery life by 11%

By: George Finley
2 minute read

Microsoft can fully concentrate on its upcoming OS now that the Windows 10 Creators Update is available for download. The company recently unveiled a new Windows 10 Redstone 3 feature that will allow users to save up to 11% of their battery life.

Power Throttling saves your battery life

There are some features of the new OS that even if they were promised to ship this spring, they didn’t make it. The power slider is such an example. This tool was supposed to provide users more options for managing power setting. Fortunately, it looks like this feature has evolved into something greater that planned.  Microsoft named the new tool Power Throttling and will be available with the Windows 10 Redstone 3 OS.

Microsoft says that it’s already implemented in the newest Windows 10 preview build (16176), and it can currently be tested by users with latest-gen processors, such as Kaby Lake and Skylake. The company also said that even more processors are going to receive support for this feature in the near future.

Power Throttling features

The main target of the Power Throttling is to optimize processes in such a way that the background app will only use a minimum power to run. This way, they’ll impact the battery life as little as possible, and Windows 10 is going to be able to offer 11% longer battery life by cutting power consumption.

Everything happens automatically as Windows 10 is able to detect the apps that should run on reduce power mode.

Microsoft has explained that this sophisticated detection system built into Windows “identifies work that is important to you (apps in the foreground, apps playing music, as well as other categories of important work we infer from the demands of running apps and the apps the user interacts with”.

In the Action Center, users are going to find a new power slider allowing them to adjust the power setting. They’re also going to have the ability of opting out certain apps from power throttling.

Microsoft said that Power Throttling is only a codename for this new feature, and it’s probably going to be renamed before it’s ready to go live this fall in the Windows 10 Redstone 3.

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