Windows 10's newest feature will boost your laptop's battery life

Posted April 22, 2017

A few weeks after shipping the "Creators Update" version of Windows 10 Microsoft says it will simplify future updates to the Windows operating system so customers can expect two per year.

Now it seems Microsoft wants its ever-growing number of users to know exactly when they will get the next update.

The news comes after a general lack of clarity surrounding when previous major Windows 10 updates would drop, much less when they would hit a given customer's device.

The company said it would hew to a "predictable" twice-per-year schedule for both platforms, though there's still a little wiggle room: Microsoft didn't specify exact dates within those months.

From October 13, 2020, Office 365 ProPlus or Office perpetual in mainstream support will be required to connect to Office 365 services. However, in 2016, the platform only received one update - Windows 10 Anniversary - to the surprise of many users.

This new synced release schedule will begin in September 2017, when Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 Redstone 3 (or whatever its new name will be by then).

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If this functionality is worked in then it could force website to ensure they provide a better ad experience for site visitors. The Journal reported that the feature could block all ads on any sites that contain offending ads.

Dubbed Power Throttling, this new feature effectively aims to get work done with only a small hit to the battery.

A developer has issued a patch that will enable users of Windows 7 and 8.1 to circumvent Microsoft's ban on machines with the most modern chipsets from receiving critical updates.

Mark up your calendars: there are only about five months left in the current Windows 10 feature update development cycle.

Now the firm has gone a step further and confirmed bi-annual updates will be released every March and September throughout Windows 10's lifespan. It says it will support each version of Windows for 18 months. While many companies are working on improving the battery life of their products, it looks like Microsoft is also taking another angle to solving this biggest pain point.

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.