First look at new iPhone-like Archive Apps feature of Windows 10

Windows 10 Storage Sense

On Windows 10, if you’re bumping up against your computer’s
storage limit, you can use built-in features or tools to
reclaim a couple of gigabytes worth of storage space.

You can also automate the process by heading to Storage
Settings and toggling on Storage Sense, which is a feature that
is designed to automatically delete unused temporary files.

Storage Settings and Storage Sense help you delete files that
have been in the Temporary Files folder, Windows Update cache,
Recycle Bin, and Downloads folder. You can also move your local
files from your PC to the cloud using OneDrive when you turn on
the Storage Sense.

To make your life easier, Microsoft said it is working on a

new feature called “Cleanup recommendations” for Windows 10
that will create a comprehensive list of personal data files,
documents, pictures, and installed applications that have never
been accessed by you.

Cleanup recommendations

This feature will also let you sort installed apps or files by
the date last accessed that allows you to do decide what should
be removed.

Archive apps in Windows 10

Microsoft is also working “Archive apps” feature for Windows 10
that will allow the OS to archive apps that are installed but
are not being used actively used by you.

This feature is apparently linked to the aforementioned
“Cleanup recommendations” and a new Group Policy has revealed
more details of Archive apps functionality.

“This policy setting controls whether the system can archive
infrequently used apps,” Microsoft said.

When you enable this setting, Windows will “periodically check
for and archive infrequently used apps.”. When the setting is
disabled, Windows will not archive any apps.

Archive infrequently used apps

By default, Windows 10 will be set to follow default behaviour,
which is to periodically check for and archive infrequently
used apps. With the new feature, Microsoft says it can reduce
the amount of space taken up by dormant apps on your computer.

You’ll be able to find out the apps that are set to be
removed/archived by navigating to Settings > System >
Storage > Cleanup recommendation.

After an app has been archived and you try to launch that app
from the Start Menu, Windows 10 will go online, check the
Microsoft Store for the latest package, and redownload the
application. Windows will also restore your files and settings
from the previous installation of the app.

If an app is no longer available to download and it has been
automatically archived, you won’t be able to access it
again.

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