Microsoft tries to reduce carbon emissions through Windows Update, of all things

Enlargement / Windows Update will try to do its job when the local power grid is running on green power sources.


A future Windows 11 update might make your PC more eco-friendly. to Latest Windows Insider Preview Posted on Dev Channel, Microsoft is testing a new feature that could help reduce carbon emissions. Using regional carbon intensity data from electricity And the What timeWindows will keep tabs on the types of energy your power grid is currently using and attempt to install updates “when cleaner energy sources (such as wind, solar, and hydro”) are available. available.

Before that, Windows Update’s dynamic schedule basically tried to install updates at times when you probably wouldn’t be using your PC. The feature will not work if carbon-intensive data sources are not available in your area and only applies to connected computers, not batteries. Users can still choose to install updates manually whenever they want.

Elsewhere, the new developer continues the rapid pace of change we’ve seen from Microsoft The big Windows 11 update released last month. Changed the Open With dialog that sometimes appears after installing new apps from the square corner design of Windows 8 and 10 to a new design full of mica The look of Windows 11. More settings for your Microsoft account can be controlled in the Settings app. Animations accompanying certain touch gestures have been improved. Searching for items in the Settings app should be more accurate, and the Settings app has been tweaked to “look consistent across the app.”

Enlargement / The Open With dialog gets a makeover for Windows 11.


The build also introduces a new, unexplained app security feature called Smart App Control, which will only be enabled on clean installs of this new Insider build. Smart App Control offers “enhanced protection against untrusted apps”, but will first assess your system for an undisclosed period “to see if it can help protect it without holding it too tight”. If it’s not “too awkward”, it still will be. If this happens, it will turn off. A security feature that disables itself if it does its job too well seems odd, but we’ll have to wait for Microsoft to say more about what it does and how it works.

Microsoft says not all of the features documented in the post will roll out to all Windows Insiders yet, as promised to do so. More A/B beta testing on this year’s Windows Insider build. Some of the features that were only introduced for some Insiders in previous versions – redesigned task management, more commands available for voice typing accessibility, etc. – should be available for all Insiders from this version.

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