Microsoft introduces Power Throttling

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. 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.