Google Chrome will gobble less memory on Windows 10, following Microsoft Edge

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Chrome memory usage is expected to decrease as Google is already adopting the technology in Microsoft Edge for Windows 10.

Stephen Shankland / CNET

Many of us complain about the use of browser memory, a problem that gets worse as browsers become more powerful software foundations and as websites get heavier. Microsoft’s Edge technology could help you reduce memory usage by up to 27% on Windows, and the technology is also coming to Google Chrome.

Microsoft’s Edge team added memory enhancement with the Windows 10 update in May, said Kim Denny, senior product manager at Edge, this week. The benefits are made possible by a modernization of the Windows 10 system for memory management.

And Bruce Dawson, a Google Chrome programmer, added a fix to allow Chrome to take advantage of the same underlying technology. Chrome memory usage is also expected to drop, he said on Chrome bug tracking, but Google needs to fix “mysterious” build issues before it appears on your device. laptop.

Memory is a crucial but scarce resource on all computer devices and any success in reducing memory is important. As browsers moved from applications that display documents to an increasingly powerful base for applications, their memory usage has also increased. And web applications generally rely on predefined frameworks that make it easier to create software but that can consume memory.

With Microsoft’s decision to abandon its own browser base and switch to Google’s open source Chromium software, Chrome and Edge become close cousins. Microsoft released the revised Edge in January, but the company is still testing it before offering it to everyone via its Windows update service.

Microsoft’s contributions to Chromium have been significant, with more than 3,000 contributions to the Chromium code base to date.

Google highlighted Microsoft’s contributions, including improvements to Chromium’s user interface features such as buttons and sliders and revised grid layout technology that should make life easier for web developers ” are trying to make their websites work properly on browsers that work slightly differently.

But it’s not just collegiality.

Google shows ads to Edge users on properties like Search, Gmail, and Google Docs, saying they should switch to Chrome. And Microsoft is also telling Outlook users to switch from Chrome to Edge.


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