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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Upcoming Windows 11 Update Will Give Your PC an Eco Score

A trio of unannounced Windows 11 settings and features pages has been unearthed by one of Twitter’s premier software sleuths. Over the weekend, Albacore found new/improved system settings pages showing the following: Sustainability, Focus (was Focus Assist) and Notifications.

Perhaps the most interesting from the trio of update revelations is the new System > Sustainability settings page. There aren’t many settings here right now, which is understandable given that it’s a completely new addition.

(Image credit: Albacore)

Near the top of the screenshot you can see that there are five outlined leaves subtitled “Conserve energy.” Albacore asserts that these glyphs get filled to indicate your device’s Eco Score, and the feature will become active at a later date. We would expect the leaves to fill with green, to give you a rough idea of this score, if no percentage or numerical value is given (we made a mock-up showing this mechanic as the topmost feature image). One can even imagine PC makers advertising a device’s Eco score on the product packaging or on one of those irritating stickers on the PC case / laptop keyboard deck.

Beneath the Eco Score section, there is a toggle to allow Microsoft to apply default Eco recommendations. Control freaks and independent thinkers can delve into the Advanced Eco recommendations area, which currently only consists of sleep and screen settings. Lastly, you can learn about how to recycle the PC you are using if you don’t want to put something like Linux Lite on it to extend its working life, or post it on an auction site.

(Image credit: Albacore)

Another screenshot from Albacore shows that Microsoft is pondering, or perhaps has already decided to rename Focus Assist. Going forward it may simply be known as Focus. That isn’t all though. Focus is going to become a setting in the Clock app, and you will be able to schedule your Focus times via Outlook.


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