Microsoft introduces ‘Power Throttling’ feature in latest Windows 10 Insider Preview

Microsoft has announced a new feature that is claimed to increase the battery life on Windows 10 devices. Dubbed ‘Power Throttling’, the feature has been included in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16176. The company says that ‘Power Throttling’ makes a Windows 10 computer’s CPU switch to energy-efficient operating mode automatically, thus reducing overall power consumption.
“You may remember some of our January power experiments we mentioned in Build 15002’s release notes. Power Throttling was one of those experiments, and showed up to 11% savings in CPU power consumption for some of the most strenuous use cases,” said Bill Karagounis, director of program management, Windows Insider Program & OS Fundamentals, Microsoft.
The company has clarified that ‘Power Throttling’ is only limited to devices with Intel’s 6th-gen (and beyond) Core processors for now. Microsoft is working on expanding support to other processors over the next few months.
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Windows 10 Insider users can control ‘Power Throttling’ settings system-wide, using a power slider. Karagounis added that Windows keeps the processor in its efficient range when users select “Battery Saver” or “Recommended” options, and completely turns off when they select the “Best Performance” option.
It is also possible to remove apps from the ‘Power Throttling’ list. It can be done by navigating to Battery Settings > Battery Usage by App, selecting the app, and turning off the ‘Reduce work app does when in background’ option’ under ‘Managed by Windows’.
Microsoft says that ‘Power Throttling’ is not the official name of the feature and that we can expect the company to improve the feature over time.
Microsoft is not only working on new OS features behind the curtains, but is also making it easy for millions of existing users to log in to its own accounts.

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Microsoft recently launched ‘phone sign-ins’ to help users sign in using their user ID and simply login via their smartphones, without the need to input account passwords anywhere.
The feature works like Google’s sign-in prompt and uses a mobile app called Microsoft Authenticator (available on Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile) to confirm the identity of the user. Users have to select the ‘Enable phone sign-in’ option to set up the account.
While logging in, once the user puts in his/her user ID, they’ll get a prompt on their registered smartphone to ‘approve’ the login. Once approved, the user will be automatically signed in.
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