Microsoft Is Building A Blue Light Reduction Feature For Redstone 2

Posted on September 1, 2016 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 0 Comments

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10 and seeing as we are now into the Redstone 2 development phase, new features are starting to show up in Insider builds. The newest feature uncovered will reduce the amount of blue light emitted late at night; currently known as ‘Blue light’, this tool appears to be very similar to f.lux.

For those not familiar with f.lux, the software adapts the color of your display to time of the day; most users associate this with the reduction of blue light in the evening hours. There are a few studies out there that suggests blue light late at night can result in a less-restful sleep and in dark settings, less blue light is easier on the eyes.

chrome_2016-09-01_08-28-36This feature is likely coming to Windows 10 with the next release major release and TFWboredom on Twitter found the first indications of this new tool. He was able to turn on a button in the Action center (although it does not currently function) that will eventually enable the feature.

Further, digging around a bit, the details behind the feature allow “the users [to set the] desired target color temperature (in Kelvin) for blue light reduction” and the feature can “automatically [be] set based on sunrise and sunset”. For those running f.lux, this will be a welcomed feature as many users often prefer native solutions instead of third-party applications.

Microsoft is not the first to implement this feature into an operating system; Apple integrated this type of tool into iOS 9 earlier this year after kicking f.lux out of its Apple store.

Seeing as this feature was uncovered and not announced, it’s not clear when Microsoft will enable this functionality for Insiders but seeing as the foundation work appears to be present, hopefully it won’t be too long until we learn more.

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