Windows 10 gets Power Throttling feature

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 19 2017 @ 13:06 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Microsoft announced it's testing a new Windows 10 power throttling feature in the latest Insider Preview build (Build 16176). The feature enables laptop users to enhance their battery life by throttling background work. To use the feature, you need to be running the latest Insider build and your computer needs an Intel Skylake (or newer) processor with Intel's Speed Shift technology. Microsoft claims they're seeing power consumption savings of up to 11 percent.
How does it 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). While this detection works well for most apps, if you happen to notice an app that is negatively impacted by Power Throttling, we really want to know!!
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