Microsoft wants to optimize your Windows 10 device for specific use cases

Windows 10 use cases feature

With Windows 10, you’ve got an almost limitless number of ways
to customize it. And the tech giant is now working on another
personalization feature that will suggest tools and services
based on how you plan to use your device.

For the past few months,
Microsoft has been internally testing a new “Device Usage”
page for the Settings app that would allow the company to
customize your Windows 10 device for “specific use cases”, such
as schoolwork, entertainment, gaming and more.

According to references spotted in the preview builds,
Microsoft wants to better understand how you plan to use your
device and help you personalize your Windows experience by
suggesting tools and service.

The Device Usage feature is now live in the preview builds for
some users and we have managed to enable it in our virtual
machine.

Windows Device Usage

“Get customized suggestions for tools and services based on how
you plan to use your device,” Microsoft noted in the Settings
app.

As shown in the above screenshot, users will be able to select
multiple use cases.

You’ll be able given six main usage categories:

  • Gaming
  • Family
  • Creativity
  • Schoolwork
  • Entertainment
  • Business

You can select multiple categories. For example, you can select
“gaming” and the operating system will help you discover games
that you’ve never played before. Likewise, if you select
“entertainment”, you can expect recommendations for tools and
service to watch videos, browse the web, and connect on social
media.

Unfortunately, it’s not entirely clear how Windows 10 will
optimize a device for the selected categories and where users
will see the suggestions for services/tools in the operating
system.

Last year, Microsoft added the same “Device Usage” page to the
out of the box experience (OOBE) screen to help users set up
their new device, so it’s likely that this new page in the
Settings app is an extension to the OOBE screen.

Other changes coming to Windows Settings app

Microsoft is also working on other improvements for Windows
Settings app.

For example, there are plans to enable a
brand-new battery usage page, a new Storage Sense page to
clean up the unused files in one go and a
new page to manage your webcam settings.

In addition to the upgraded Settings app, Microsoft is also
testing new icons for File Explorer,
improved animations, and rounded corners.

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