Microsoft wants to make Windows 11 updates more power efficient

Microsoft is exploring support for a new version of Windows
Update in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider program. This
new feature is included in
Windows 11 Build 22567 and it aims to reduce carbon
emissions by leveraging renewable energy.

Microsoft is currently testing power-efficient Windows Update
with a small group of users and not everybody is getting this
feature. When the feature is enabled, Windows 11 will try to
download and install Windows Updates when the device is using a
clear source of energy to reduce carbon emissions.

This feature is not as straightforward as it sounds. First
and foremost, Windows Update’s process is dependent on the
information available on clean energy. It will work only when
the PC is plugged-in and Microsoft is able to fetch carbon
intensity data from partners like electricityMap or WattTime.

Windows Update improvements

Windows Update’s power efficiency feature works only if your
region is supported by one of Microsoft’s partners. If
supported and enabled, you will see the text shown below on the
Windows Update settings page.

The “learn more” will direct users to Microsoft’s support
documentation to help users better understand the process.

“Windows Update will try to schedule update installations at
specific times of day when doing so results in lower carbon
emissions. Most electrical grids are powered by multiple
sources, including renewables and fossil fuels,” Microsoft

In addition to this new feature for Windows Update, Microsoft
has fixed an issue where it was not possible to click on the
“Restart now” button in Settings > Windows Update.

Microsoft is also working on multiple improvements for Windows
Update. As part of Build 22567, Microsoft has made fixes to
pages across the Settings app with support for WinUI controls.
WinUI integration would make the Windows Settings page look and
feel consistent across the app.

Microsoft made additional improvements to the search engine in
the settings app and it aims to provide users with an accurate
set of search results.

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