Windows 10 Redstone 3 update to introduce new “Power Throttling” mode

During the development of the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft briefly experimented with a power saving modes, and announced yesterday Microsoft have detailed the new power saving mode coming to Redstone 3.

The new feature currently called “Power Throttling” manages background tasks making the run efficiently while reducing the about of power required. Microsoft say their previous testing showed an 11% improvement in power consumption so it should make a difference to laptop and tablet battery life. The current Windows Insider Fast Ring build (16176) includes the new code and is currently supported on Intel 6th gen or later Core processors. They do say they are working on adding other processors over the next few months.

If your device is supported you will see a new power slider in the battery setting and new status in task manager. It looks like it can manage individual Microsoft Edge tabs so if you like using lots of tabs in Edge you should see a marked improvement. Microsoft are looking for Windows Insiders to give feedback on the new feature which you can do via the Feedback Hub.


About the author Ian Dixon:
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.

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