Microsoft testing blue light reduction feature for Windows 10

Microsoft is slowly revealing new features in its next major update to Windows 10, and it appears blue light reduction feature might be a future addition. The software giant released a new build of Windows 10 testers yesterday with very few visible additions, but Windows enthusiasts have already started picking it apart for clues on new features. Twitter user "Core" has discovered references to a "BlueLightReduction" setting deep within the next major update to Windows 10 (codenamed Redstone 2). It appears to be a setting that will be toggled from the Action Center (notification center) in the operating system.

F.lux has been the most popular option for Windows users looking to reduce blue light in the evenings, but Microsoft's own native toggle will bring this feature to every Windows 10 user. Apple has also integrated a similar feature in iOS 9, but it hasn't announced any plans to bring blue light reduction to Mac OS yet. Microsoft only appears to be testing the feature right now, so there's no guarantee it will ship in the update due early next year. If Microsoft does implement it fully then it will presumably be available on the mobile version of Windows 10, too.


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neat i guess. it was a more necessary feature on mobile OSes though, as third-party night mode apps needed system / root access to alter color temperature properly like f.lux on win10 does. before android 7.0’s inbuilt night mode i was using an app called CF.lumen which, like all the other third-party apps, couldn’t do better than drawing a translucent layer of orangey red over the screen, which turns blacks into orange. especially awful on AMOLED.

Still going to enjoy not having to run a 3rd party app for a feature that I use literally every day. This will be huge for those of us who spend their nights in front of a computer instead of staring at their phone.

No, this has nothing to do with Flux. It’s only because Apple added this feature on iOS. They may well have copied it from Flux, but both Samsung and Microsoft are ripping off this feature because Apple had added it to iOS. Don’t be shocked if True Tone displays start showing up in the near future.

TrueTone is a marvel. The other night I had the 9.7" Pro and the 6S+ open on the same web page, and the phone did almost hurt my eyes in comparison (despite having Night Shift mode on).

No, this has nothing to do with Flux. It’s only because Apple added this feature on iOS. They may well have copied it from Flux, but both Samsung and Microsoft are ripping off this feature because Apple had added it to iOS. Don’t be shocked if True Tone displays start showing up in the near future

When MS,Apple or any other company adds "Blue Reduction Feature",it has everything to do with Flux Application.Don’t understand your need to turn this into a flame war

Not turning this into anything. Just pointing out the error in the article where they’re somehow insinuating that Microsoft was inspired by Flux.

Besides, Apple did not just used Flux’ time-bound tint shift feature, it has tied it to the camera and came up with software to analyse the hue of the incident light to make adjustments. Ultimately, this is what Microsoft and all others are going to do, too.

I’ve never heard that before about it using the camera. Do you have a source? I can’t find anything searching online. As far as I know it just uses location data to adjust it with the time of day.

Look e.g. at The Verge’s 9.7" iPad Pro video; they review this feature.

Oh ok, searching for iPad Pro I see what you are saying. It seems that feature is limited to only the iPad Pro at the moment.

The new iPhone as well as updated iPads and Macbooks will all also have the feature in few weeks/months.

Something like iPod touch, though, is only updated once in few years so it can get such feature next year or even year after that.

Are you aware that that feature has absolutely nothing to do with reducing blue light? That’s a whole other thing.

It has everything to do with reducing blue light as by making your "white" less blue (more warm/yellowish) you literally decrease the intensity of blue component of the light.

Not turning this into anything. Just pointing out the error in the article where they’re somehow insinuating that Microsoft was inspired by Flux.

Oh wait, you’re actually serious?!

LOL!

.. okay? i didn’t say Microsoft is doing this because f.lux exists, i just brought it up because it’s the currently existing solution for Windows users.

……i’m an idiot, thought this was a reply to my comment about it. disregard.

Indeed, it has nothing to do with F.lux. Neither has it anything to do with Apple. There are thousands of votes for a feature like this in the Feedback Hub. If it has anything to do with another company building such a feature, than its F.lux, don’t try to change this into a flamewar because "Apple had it first". Because they didn’t. Not only that, but unlike Apple, Microsoft is bringing this to PCs.

I hate this crap on my iPhone. I don’t know anyone that uses it.

I love it. It was odd at first, but now I can’t imagine not having it.

I use it all the time!

I’m surprised that macOS doesn’t support this. I mean I think they should support it as people do spend a lot of time on their computers as well as their phones, tablets in the evenings.

They will with their incoming new monitor?

Let’s hope Microsoft actually release some solid evidence behind the update rather than the wishy-washy crap we’ve heard so far.

We don’t actually know the impact of turning everything an odd shade of orange. It may actually be having a considerable negative impact as people with sleep troubles believe their phone isn’t causing them any problems because it’s orange, where the only proven impact at this point is to simply not interact with electronic devices before bedtime.

Well, there’s little reason for them to do the research, though. People are convinced, science or not, and the free market dictates that you give the customers what they want – whether they should or not..

Still, yes. I would like more research on this.

They barely released the 2nd in-development Redstone 2 build. It will get there, don’t worry.

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