EcoQoS gives Windows 11 apps better battery life

On newer processors, Windows can tune where and how fast code runs for power savings; here’s where you will see that show up.

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One of the differences between desktop and mobile operating systems is how much work goes on in the background. Smartphone OSes are very aggressive about turning the processor off as quickly as possible to save power, often limiting what apps and services can run in the background, or postponing OS maintenance until your device is plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi overnight. On Windows, a lot of code can be running in the background to do useful things like checking for malware, indexing files for search, uploading files for cloud sync or downloading and applying updates to reduce the amount of time you spend looking at a Windows Update restart…

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