New Windows 11 feature is good news for your laptop battery
Windows 11 just gave Task Manager a smart new feature to tame resource-draining apps, which of course could help everyone, but especially laptop users with lifespan benefits resulting battery.
Note that this change is only in preview at the moment, with new build 22557 rolling out to testers earlier this week, which comes with a host of useful moves, including a redesign of the tasks.
You might recall that Task Manager got a makeover to bring its appearance in line with the sleeker, modern look of Windows 11, as well as a polished interface, but there’s another big introduction in Build 22557 and that’s it. This is Efficiency mode.
The idea with this feature is that when you spot an app that’s using a ton of system resources (CPU, GPU, memory, or maybe all of them!) in Task Manager, rather than killing it to free up resources – which you may not want to do, or could have unfortunate consequences – you can run it in Efficiency mode.
Like Microsoft does disengagethis will push the application in question down the list of system resource allocation priorities, thus taming its resource usage, making your PC more responsive – if it were huffing under the weight of that particular workload – and providing better energy- Efficiency.
Apps or services that are in efficiency mode will be marked with a small leaf icon, with suspended apps having a pause icon (as shown in the screenshot above).
Note that some processes may not be eligible for Efficiency mode, like basic Windows services for example, where deprioritizing them could actually negatively affect system performance and slow down your machine. In these cases, the option to activate Efficiency mode will be greyed out, ensuring that you can do no wrong when playing with this new tool.
Analysis: Microsoft is taking it easy with Efficiency mode
Efficiency mode will no doubt prove a useful capability for Windows 11 users whose machines are running slowly due to an application that dominates resource usage, as it makes it easy to tame such a process without having to dump it. entirely.
As we mentioned at the start, this is likely to be a particularly valuable asset for those running Windows 11 on a laptop, where overly demanding apps not only slow down the system, but increase power consumption and therefore consume more. of battery. With these types of programs tamed via Efficiency mode, users can expect to experience longer overall battery life, one of the primary concerns of mobile computing.
As noted, this is only in testing right now, but it’s not yet available to all testers and is being rolled out to a small number of Windows Insiders to get started. Microsoft seems to be taking this one with caution and will “watch the comments and see how it lands before releasing it to everyone.”
We can expect Efficiency mode to debut with Windows 11 22H2 when it arrives in the second half of this year.