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Microsoft introduces “Power Throttling” for Windows 10 Redstone 3 build 16176

Microsoft, in their blog post today announced a new feature that is available for Windows 10 insiders running build 16176. This new feature is called Power Throttling which will help Windows run background task in a power-efficient manner, enhancing battery life significantly, even during multitasking.

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This new feature is currently in the testing phase and is available only for processors with Intel’s Speed Shift technology, available in Intel’s 6th-gen (and beyond) Core processors. However, the company says that they are working on expanding support to other processors in the coming months.

What is Power Throttling and How does it work?

Windows being a multi-tasking operating system definitely have to handle a lot of tasks at once. Handling a lot of tasks at the same time drains the battery. With Power Throttle in Preview build (Build 16176), Microsoft is aiming Windows to run background work in a power-efficient manner, enhancing battery life significantly while still giving users access to powerful multitasking capabilities of Windows.

With “Power Throttling”, when background work is running, Windows places the CPU in its most energy efficient operating modes – work gets done, but the minimal possible battery is spent on that work. To give great performance to the apps you’re using, while at the same time power throttling background work, we built a sophisticated detection system into Windows. The OS 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).

What can be done with Power Throttling?

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Users can control power throttling system with the help of the Power Slider. Users can also add apps they want to exclude from Power Throttling. To do this:

  • Go to Battery Settings (Settings >  System > Battery).
  • Click on “Battery Usage by App”.
  • Select your app.
  • Toggle “Managed by Windows” to “Off”.
  • Uncheck the “Reduce work app does when in background” checkbox.

As this feature is still in testing, you can provide feedback to Microsoft if it doesn’t work as expected. For doing this you can run the Feedback Hub and file feedback under the Power and Battery > Throttled Applications category, and provide your valuable feedback.

What do you think of this new feature? Sound off below.

Source: Windows Blog



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