Microsoft is developing a new feature for Windows 11 that will enhance device speed and user privacy. The new feature is called “Presence sensing” which enables users to decide whether or not apps may detect their presence on the smartphone.
According to the API description, presence sensing “represents a sensor that detects whether a user is present, absent, or not interacting with their device.”
With the new feature, users will have the option to permit or disallow certain apps from accessing these sensors in order to better understand their current activities. In essence, it’s a privacy and control feature that can enhance the feature of the gadget.
Privacy, Security, Performance
According to the Redmond behemoth, one useful use of the function is automatically locking devices when they are left unattended, reducing the chances of sensitive files leaking to unauthorized third parties.
Additionally, with presence sensing, apps can reduce the time needed from detection to authentication, and can cut down on unnecessary screen idle time which improves the battery life of the device, thus having a positive impact on performance.
Currently, the feature is being tested on the KB5025299 update for Windows 11 Beta preview build 22624.1610, which was made available in January.
To find the new settings, users should navigate to Settings > Privacy & Security > Presence sensing. The company said that not all devices will support the new feature; only the devices with the hardware sensor will be able to take advantage of the new tool.
“Some Windows 11 PCs have a presence sensor built in. If your PC has one, you can have your screen turn off automatically when you leave, and then have your device wake up quickly when you approach. This can help keep your PC more secure, help save battery power, and help you get back to work more quickly,” Microsoft explains.