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Windows 10 'Redstone 3' Feature Will Boost Computer Battery Life

By Monica U Santos , Apr 20, 2017 05:22 AM EDT
Microsoft Windows 10's power-throttling feature will boost the battery life of computers. Currently, it only works with machines with Intel's Speed Shift technology, which is in Intel's sixth generation and beyond Skylake/Kaby Lake Core processors. (Photo : MSReview/YouTube)

Microsoft just released a major Windows 10 update. However, the company admitted that they are still experiencing difficulties on more upgrades. One of the new features that is in the process right now is designed to improve the battery life of any Windows 10 device.

Microsoft rolled out the second round of "Redstone 3" test build for personal computers on April 14. While on April 18, Microsoft officials went public with one of the highly-recommended features in the said build, the Power Throttling. This feature could save as much as 11 percent of PC's battery life, as reported by PCWorld.

This feature introduced by Microsoft can slow down background apps of personal computers. Power throttling is powered by the Intel's Speed Shift technology, which initially released in Intel's sixth-generation Skylake Core chips in late 2015. Unfortunately, current laptops under AMD processors won't be able to experience this advantage of the power saving thing. However, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that this uncertainty could change in the near future.

A representative from Microsoft also added that the company is currently "working on expanding support to other processors as well over the next few months." Power Throttling is initially designed to work with apps out of the box. However, developers can and may do some fine tweaking and tuning with some new programming interfaces that Microsoft will implement in upcoming test builds.

According to ZDNet, Redstone 3 is expected to be available worldwide later this Fall. As of now, official testers of the Windows 10 can already try out the said feature. Note that this is possible if a person has the access to Intel Skylake or Kaby Lake processor inside. However, once the laptop is plugged in, the user won’t be able to use the Power Throttling CPU-power consumption feature. Users will also have the option of manually configuring apps to select their battery use in the new Insider Builds: go to Settings > System > Battery, then select each app.

 

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