Distracted by technology Microsoft tries to help

Technology companies whose devices and constantly scrolling online services have driven us to distraction are beginning to acknowledge that their products can be a waste of time. Some of them now say they’re trying to help. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Distracted by technology? Microsoft tries to help (2018, April 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-distracted-technology-microsoft.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Microsoft is rolling out a free update to its Windows 10 computer operating system Monday with new features to keep people in a distraction-free zone.”Focus Assist” enables workers to temporarily switch off email and social media notifications during times when they need to keep their heads down. They can allow messages from certain people to break through.Microsoft says the update is inspired by research showing office workers are being interrupted or having to switch tasks about every three minutes—and it takes 23 minutes to get back in focus. Microsoft rolls out new Windows 10 update and laptops Explore further