Microsoft plugs new power savings in Windows 10

Posted April 22, 2017

In an announcement on the Windows for Business blog, we have learned that the Redmond company has made a decision to align the release and support cycles of Windows 10, Office 365, and System Center Configuration Manager.

According to a company blog post, from now on Microsoft would be sticking to a "predictable twice-per-year feature release schedule".

Microsoft just released a major Windows 10 update, but the company is still hard at work on even more upgrades. But more importantly, the latest major update brings about changes on the core operating system and user policies. They will be pushed to the users as soon as they're ready.

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be the last monolithic version of Windows ever, it raised some questions on how that would work and what it meant for future updates. Now, a GitHub user known as Zeffy has published a fix that allows users to continue receiving updates. One of the new features that's now in the works concerns improving battery life, and Windows Insiders who have installed the latest Windows 10 preview build (16176) can already toy with it. His solution targets the new CPU-detection bits that Windows has added to help Windows Update know when not to ship new code. It says it will support each version of Windows for 18 months. The next such update is planned for September. From October 13, 2020, using Office 365 will require the use of either Office 365 ProPlus, or, for organizations that are using perpetual licenses, a version that's still in mainstream support.

Power Throttling works only on Intel processors with that firm's Speed Shift, a feature of sixth-generation and later CPUs, including "Skylake" and the newer "Kaby Lake".

Also built into the Windows 10 Creators Update is "Game Mode", a new platform feature that dedicates more graphics and processor resources to PC games.

Recognizing that most personal computers are laptops and that battery longevity is a major factor in productivity, Microsoft has aggressively promoted Windows 10's power savings, notably in the boosterism behind Edge, the OS's default browser.