Windows 10 is getting ‘Device Usage’ personalization settings

In October 2020,
Microsoft started testing an updated OOBE (out of the box
experience) screen with new options to help users set up
their new or old device after Windows 10 feature updates.

The company is still ‘exploring’ the idea and it looks like the
Settings app is also getting updated with a new ‘Device Usage’
section to help users customize their device after they’ve left
the OOBE screen.

At the moment, it’s unclear how new ‘Device Usage’ setting will
work because it crashes in the preview builds. The option
appears under the ‘Personalization’ page of the Settings app,
so it’s safe to assume that Microsoft is not working on
Google’s Digital Wellbeing-like feature for the OS.

Device usage page
Image Courtesy: Albacore
(Twitter)

Instead, it looks like the new Device Usage screen will allow
users to have their system more tailored to their personal
needs. The ‘Device Usage’ page is internally codenamed
‘SettingsUserIntentPage’, which also suggests that the Device
Usage setting is linked to the new OOBE experience.

If the new settings page is indeed based on the OOBE experience
and our theory is correct, users will be able to pick the main
usage category for their machine. The following ‘device usage’
categories will be offered initially:

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

If you select ‘Gaming’, Windows 10 will be optimized for
gaming, but it’s unclear how the ‘optimization’ will work and
what changes will be made to your system.

It’s also unclear if this feature will be included in the next
big feature update ‘Sun Valley’.

As we mentioned at the outset, Microsoft isn’t fully confident
about the features they test in the preview builds and they’re
only exploring the idea.

This new ‘Device Usage’ change has been introduced with Windows
10 Build 21313, although note that it can be enabled using
third-party tools only.

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