Windows 10 update could make it easier to optimize your device for specific use cases

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Microsoft is exploring some new optimization options for Windows 10 (opens in new tab) that would allow users to personalize their devices depending on what they are predominantly used for. The new feature is only being tested in Preview builds so it’s not entirely clear how it will eventually look when it gets a general release, or if it will be pursued at all long-term.

The change will be part of a revamped Settings app that will include a new “Device Usage” section, which will appear under the “Personalization” page. Users will be given six main usage categories to choose from: Gaming (opens in new tab), Family, Creativity, Schoolwork (opens in new tab), Entertainment, and Business (opens in new tab).

Currently, it’s not clear how Windows 10 will optimize a device for the user’s chosen category. For example, if users select “Gaming,” the operating system (opens in new tab) could tweak the battery, visual effects, and mouse settings to ensure that the device is set up in the best possible way for video game players.

The personal touch

The “Device Usage” feature could be an extension of the update coming to Microsoft’s out of the box experience (OOBE) screen, which is designed to help users set up their device following Windows 10 feature updates.

“When customers turn on their Windows PCs for the first time, they will see the Windows Out of Box Experience,” Microsoft documentation explains (opens in new tab). “OOBE consists of a series of screens that require customers to accept the license agreement, connect to the internet, log in with, or sign up for a Microsoft Account, and share information with the OEM.”

However, the OOBE has been around for a few years now and it seems as though Microsoft is trialing new customization options for the feature. It’s possible that more information will be released during Windows 10’s next major feature update coming later this year.

Via Windows Latest (opens in new tab)

Barclay has been writing about technology for a decade, starting out as a freelancer with ITProPortal covering everything from London’s start-up scene to comparisons of the best cloud storage services.  After that, he spent some time as the managing editor of an online outlet focusing on cloud computing, furthering his interest in virtualization, Big Data, and the Internet of Things.