Microsoft announces new Ultimate Performance Power plan for high-end PCs

Microsoft announces new Ultimate Performance Power plan for high-end PCs

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17101 "Redstone 4" (RS4) for Fast ring users, and Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17604 "Redstone 5" (RS5) build for Skip Ahead users.

Those who have skipped ahead to Redstone 5 will begin testing the very first new features for the next update likely to arrive later this year (and those initial builds will be quite a bit wobblier than normal, as ever - it's the cutting-edge of testing here). "These builds will come from the RS_PRERELEASE branch", Microsoft explains.

You can't opt to join the "skip ahead" program at this point in time, incidentally, as Microsoft says it already has enough testers on this particular ring, with no room for more. Codenamed Redstone 4, and possibly named Spring Creators Update, the update is moving towards stability. Microsoft's Dona Sarkar said in the announcement post that they have been able to find areas in Windows where performance and efficiency tradeoff is made and a collection of settings allows the system to adjust itself according to the user behavior, policy, and hardware.

"This new policy builds on the current High-Performance policy, and it goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine grained power management techniques".

In addition to the new Ultimate Performance mode, the next build of Windows 10 will also have some redesigned emoji, a new app permissions framework, and a whole host of bug fixes.

Furthermore, when Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is initially set up, it will now offer business and productivity-focused apps, rather than consumer-targeted software and games, which certainly makes sense.

Pre-release versions of apps including Paint 3D, Microsoft Photos, Windows Mixed Reality Viewer, and Windows Calculator will be available to try out. This means that Ultimate Performance won't be available for battery powered systems and will only be available to users of the specific Windows 10 Pro for Workstations operating system.

As Microsoft has done in the past, it has created a fork in its Windows Insider program as it looks ahead to its next major upgrade.