Microsoft has begun testing a power-saving feature called adaptive brightness in the preview version of Windows 11. Previously, this feature was only available on laptops running on battery, but now it can be activated on devices connected to electrical power, including desktop computers. Brandon LeBlanc and Amanda Langowski from Microsoft explained that the adaptive brightness feature would adjust the brightness level of the laptop or desktop computer screen based on the content displayed to achieve a balance between low power consumption and visual experience. Microsoft is allowing beta program subscribers to test this feature and provide feedback on visual quality before it is released to the general public in a stable version of the system.
To activate this feature, Windows trial program subscribers can use a drop-down menu within the Brightness & Color section by going to Settings, then System, then Display. The available options are Off, Always, and On Battery Only, but Microsoft requires users to activate the always-on option on laptops and 2-in-1 computers and desktop computers. While Microsoft says activating this setting will not be noticeable to most users and helps reduce power consumption, sudden brightness and contrast changes may be distracting for users who need color accuracy.
Microsoft has also asked those participating in the developer beta of Windows 11, build number 23424, to test the Windows Update option named Get the latest updates as soon as they are available, which will speed up non-security updates. Additionally, Microsoft has started releasing version number 25330 of Windows 11 beta for Canary developers channel subscribers, which comes with many improvements in the Microsoft Store. These improvements include the option to install free apps and games directly from the search results, a revamped experience for purchases, and a new UI for in-app ratings.
In conclusion, Microsoft has started testing the adaptive brightness feature in the preview version of Windows 11, which can be activated on devices connected to electrical power, including desktop computers. The feature adjusts the brightness level of the screen based on the content displayed to achieve a balance between low power consumption and visual experience. Windows trial program subscribers can test this feature and provide feedback on visual quality. Microsoft is also asking developers to test the Windows Update option and has released a new version of Windows 11 beta with many improvements in the Microsoft Store.