Windows 10 is offering users better battery life management options
Windows 10 is set to get an incredibly useful new battery option.
Microsoft is purportedly testing a new feature that will allow users to quickly alternate between improved battery life or faster performance.
The Redmond technology firm will include a new slider option within the battery pop-up in the taskbar, which will let users specify their priorities for power management.
Although these preferences do exist in the current version of Windows 10, they are far from intuitive – forcing users to dig through the Control Panel interface to unearth the power options.
The slider should make it much easier for users to eke more battery life from their machines, or chose to improve performance before opening a heavy-duty app.
The new battery life slider appears in the latest Windows 10 beta build, number 15014. Those on the Windows Insider program currently have access to the feature.
Users can choose between improved performance, or better battery life
Microsoft has promised to double-down and focus on further battery life "investments" in upcoming betas ahead of the blockbuster Windows 10 Creators Update release date in April 2017. As well as the battery performance slider, the latest update also introduced an eBook store, as well as the ability to pick a custom colour for the accent colours found across Windows 10.
The news comes as Microsoft debuted a new slew of annoying pop-ups against third-party programs on Windows 10.
Google Chrome users are finding that they are seeing persistent adverts aiming to get more Microsoft-made services and programs into the browser.
This has led to yet more criticism being levelled at Microsoft for another pushy update and upgrade campaign.
A report from Myce.com noted that pop-up adverts promoting the benefits of Microsoft's own extensions are regularly appearing on their devices.
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Windows 10 could soon be coming to smart home products
The adverts for Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant extension appear when Google chrome is pinned to the task bar of a Windows 10 device.
Although the pop-up window can be quickly closed, the advert reportedly re-appears later on.
The creeping incursion of adverts within Windows 10 has proved a controversial issue for Microsoft and its users in recent months.
The company has previously used similar tactics to urge users of Google Chrome to switch to its own Microsoft Edge browser, which it says offers better power usage and battery life consumption.
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This new pop-up has purportedly been pestering Google Chrome users on Windows 10
Another version of the advert tells users that they can sign up for Microsoft Rewards and earn points every time they use Edge instead of a rival browser.
Unfortunately, Windows 10 Creators Update could also herald a whole new bombardment of adverts to its users.
A recent report found that the updated version of the Share tool now included an option to download third-party software to their device.
Several major Windows apps and services already come with similar promotions, including the Start Menu and lock screen.