Microsoft is planning to reduce the amount of power used by background applications in Windows 10 to improve the battery life of the devices. The software giant is currently testing a new energy-saving feature in the latest Windows 10 Build (16176).

According to the company, the new method will save about 11% of the battery life. Windows 10 testers now have access to the new feature of Intel’s sixth generation processors. Its official launch in Window 10 will happen with a major update expected to come later this year.

“Most people running Windows like having multiple apps running at the same time – and often, what’s running in the background can drain your battery. In this latest Insider Preview build (Build 16176), we leveraged modern silicon capabilities to run background work in a power-efficient manner, thereby 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.

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. We’ve been hard at work making improvements and listening to Windows Insider feedback since then, so this capability should help many of you see a nice boost in battery life!” Wrote Bill Karagounis / Director of Program Management, Windows Insider Program & OS Fundamentals.

Figure 1 - Task Manager shows which processes are Power throttled
Task Manager shows which processes are Power throttled.

Power throttling is a temporary working name for this capability and may change during the course of the development cycle for the next release of Windows.

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