Windows 11 Update Will Help Your PC Prioritize Renewable Energy

An upcoming version of Windows 11, dubbed 22H2 or Sun Valley 2, will come not as a flurry of new features, but a simple series of improvements with some green-hued embellishments. Microsoft’s big focus now? Upgrading your operating system with the power of renewable energy.

But how exactly will a Windows update make renewables a focus? The OS will intelligently perform update installations using data from Microsoft’s green partners electricity map and WattTimecausing your machine to do these little background update processes when more clean energy sources are available.

Of course, you can ignore the suggestions and update whenever you want via the Windows Update menu, but it all helps to mitigate carbon emissions.

computer beeping makes it clear that the Sun Valley 2 Windows 11 update doesn’t come with radical design changes, but points out that the Start menu has received some minor tweaks, the taskbar has been optimized for use on tablets, and the window fit feature has also been seen. a bit of love.

Other minor updates to the design include media controls on the lock screen and new hardware indicator icons, but one of the major changes will be an update to everyone’s favorite Windows security, Task Manager.

The task manager looks a little more Fluent UI and WinUI inspired, with a sidebar/hamburger menu on the left. The top bar now shows the device’s brand, name, and model number, as well as an image of the device (why, we’re not sure) and data on how much CPU and RAM is being used.

While the design changes are minor, there’s something to be said for Microsoft’s renewable energy movement. We’re starting to see more big tech companies focusing on reducing and reversing their carbon footprint. And while updates like this might seem like a small step, with companies like Acer planting treesand Razer turning greenthere is a distinct effort arising.

Those in the Windows Insider Program can head over to the Dev Channel to check out updates right now and start indulging in Gaia.

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