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Microsoft yesterday released a new Windows 10 preview Build 20201 to the Dev channel. While the changelog didn’t mention anything in terms of new features and changes, enthusiast “Cadenzza” was able to find a new feature “archive apps”.

As per the screenshot posted on Twitter the feature can be toggled on and off. When enabled it will archive apps not used frequently to save storage space and internet bandwidth.

Though files and other data for archived apps will be saved and not deleted. If you happen to use an archived app by chance in future, it will connect to the internet to restore app’s full version.

This looks like an interesting feature, but since the detail hasn’t been provided in the changelog, it may be an experimental one. We will keep you updated when Microsoft talks about the “archive apps” feature officially.
 
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I don't see the purpose unless you only have 64GB of total storage capacity.

Save bandwidth/space/battery:
  1. Turn off Auto-updates from Microsoft Store, or individually (if implemented).
  2. Turn off Background apps.
May suggest Windows 10X will allow devices with very little storage capacity?
 

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More info here:
Windows 10 could get one of iOS’s most useful features

When you install a Microsoft Store app on your Windows 10 device, you either keep it or remove it. Uninstalling an app would cause Windows 10 to prompt you with a warning that all associated data on your device would also be removed. This is a standard process that’s also followed on mobile operating systems, such as iOS and Android.

With iOS 11, Apple introduced a feature called ‘offloaded apps’ that removes apps and reduces storage burden, but any associated documents and data remain on the device, which allows users to quickly reinstall the app when they need it without having to reconfigure it.

To save your storage and internet bandwidth, Windows 10 is also getting a new feature that will archive your infrequently used apps. This feature, which is currently available in some installations of Windows 10 preview builds, removes little-used apps but keeps their documents and data.

We understand that the achieved apps will appear somewhere on Windows 10, and can be reinstalled with a tap.

The feature is enabled by default and it works automatically in the background, but users can disable it and block Windows 10 from offloading the unused apps.

“To save storage space and Internet bandwidth, apps you don’t use frequently will be archived automatically. Your files and other data will be saved. The next time you use an archived app, it’ll connect to the internet to restore the full version (if it’s still available),” the description of the feature reads.

Microsoft Store apps can take up a lot of storage space on your computer, so achieving the ones you don’t use often is an easy way to free up more space quickly without going through the burden of backups.

This could be especially convenient because achieving apps retain any data associated with the app, like your files and other settings configuration, just in case you want to reinstall it from the Microsoft Store again.
 
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