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Microsoft is putting Windows 11 devices with adjustable brightness through their paces


Insiders will be able to test the company’s adaptive brightness feature on more PCs after the latest Windows 11 preview build is released today, according to Microsoft, which is rolling out the build today. In the past, the Content Adaptive Brightness Control (CABC) setting was only available for usage on laptops that were powered by their batteries. Now, this setting may now also be toggled on devices that are powered by an electrical outlet (including desktop PCs). According to Microsoft’s Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc, “This feature in Windows 11 will dim or brighten areas of a display or monitor based on the content that is being displayed with the goal of striking a balance between reduced power consumption and visual experience in order to save battery life.”

“Beginning with this release, we are allowing this feature to run on devices such as laptops and 2-in-1’s that are plugged into a charger. In addition, it will continue to work on desktop PCs.” Although Microsoft claims that enabling this setting will not be noticeable for the majority of users and will help reduce energy consumption, the abrupt changes in brightness and contrast may prove annoying for users whose work requires accurate color representation. In order to work around this issue, Windows Insiders can configure the CABC function by heading to Settings > System > Display and selecting “Brightness & color” from the drop-down menu that appears there.

While Off, Always, and On Battery Only are the options that are currently available, Microsoft is requesting that testers toggle on the always-on option on their laptops, 2-in-1’s, and desktop PCs and provide feedback on the visual quality. This will allow CABC to be adjusted before it is implemented in stable releases. Microsoft is also asking Insiders in the Dev Channel running the new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23424 to test a Windows Update option dubbed “Get the latest updates as soon as they are available.” This option will expedite the installation of non-security updates on systems where it is toggled on. Microsoft is asking Insiders in the Dev Channel running the new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23424.

Because the Dev Channel does not use an enablement package, turning this toggle on will not have any effect for Insiders who are using the Dev Channel, as stated by Langowski and LeBlanc. “This new toggle is intended to be used in the Beta Channel to allow Insiders to switch more seamlessly to the enablement package.” “But, by turning it on, a ‘Windows configuration update’ will be offered via Windows Update. The purpose of this update is to assist us in ensuring that this new toggle is connected to our backend services in the correct manner before we make it available in the Beta Channel.”