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Partial Sleep will allow certain apps to sleep, while others remain
active. As popular applications take greater advantage of increases
in computing power, so does power consumption. Say your machine
is running a server software or p2p software which is preventing the
OS from entering sleep mode.
At the same time, one of a dozen
that's eating 80% of the CPU power. Instead of having the CPU and
cooling fan go into hyperactive mode the entire time you are
outside, Partial Sleep mode will allow your browser and non-
essential apps to enter sleep mode as if the app that vetoed sleep
mode was never concurrently running in the first place. Instead of
having the entire OS go into sleep mode simultaneously, apps that
would otherwise suspend the entire OS's sleep are allowed to run
alongside other apps that have entered sleep mode.
Alternatively, if taking a global approach to the entire OS would be
too complex or problematic, only specific sandboxed environments
such as an ideal Google Chrome tab, could sleep separately from the
rest of the OS.