Windows 10’s power throttling may help battery-hungry laptops

Posted on 20-04-2017 , by: admin , in , 0 Comments

Microsoft claims that Windows 10’s new power-throttling feature will boost battery life by about 11 percent, though you’ll need a modern laptop to take advantage of it.

Microsoft introduced the new feature to slow down background apps in January, as a trial feature for a subset of users running Insider versions of Windows 10. Although power-throttling is still limited to Insiders, the recent Build 16176 made it more widely available. 

There’s one catch: Power throttling uses Intel’s Speed Shift technology, which debuted in Intel’s sixth-generation (Skylake) Core chips that began shipping in late 2015. Current laptops with AMD processors won’t be able to take advantage of the power savings, a Microsoft representative confirmed, though that could change in the near future: The representative added that the company’s “working on expanding support to other processors as well over the next few months.”

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Here’s what apps will look like when throttled.

Windows 10 power throttling appears to work in a somewhat similar manner to the Game Mode that appeared in the stable version of the Windows 10 Creators Update. It looks at the processes that your PC is currently running, and tries to identify what you’re currently using and what you have running in the background. (In Game Mode, of course, the foreground app is a game.)