Windows 10 update could improve the battery life of your PC

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Windows 10 update could improve the battery life of your PC

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 preview build to its loyal troop of Insiders, offering a glimpse at fully-fledged features that could arrive for all users in the near future.

The new beta build of Windows 10 – dubbed 19564 – is available to all Insiders in the Fast Ring right now and comes with a huge new feature that could improve the battery life of your PC.

Microsoft has updated the Graphics settings page for Windows 10 with a new tool that will give users more control over which GPU apps run on (assuming you have more than one GPU, of course). The revamped menu will provide fans with a nifty search bar that’ll let you find apps quickly and select a GPU preference.

Although this feature doesn’t sound like much on paper, it could allow users to substantially up their battery life. As noted by TechRadar, switching from a discrete GPU to integrated graphics could, theoretically at least, save a ton of power depending on the graphics solution being used and the app in question.

Microsoft also stated in a recent post on its Insider Blog, that users will be able to access the feature by heading to Settings > System > Display > Graphics settings.

In addition to giving users more control over their graphics settings, the latest Windows 10 preview build also introduces a new Calendar app complete with new themes and a few other features worth shouting about.

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Here’s everything new for the Calendar app as described by Microsoft:

• New themes: choose from over 30 different themes.

• Improved month view: Month view now includes an agenda pane that lets you see your day’s events at a glance.

• Simplified event creation: We’ve made it even easier to add an event to your calendar.

• Redesigned account navigation: We’ve collapsed the account navigation pane, leaving more space for your day’s events. All of your syncing calendar accounts are now represented as clickable icons on the left.

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