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Microsoft Updates Sleeping Tabs on Edge to Further Reduce Resource Consumption

The browser wars are now fully underway, with Microsoft fighting tooth and nail to acquire as much of a market share as they can although Chrome continues to be the platform of choice for most average users. A major aspect of this struggle to topple Chrome’s supremacy has involved reducing the resources that Microsoft Edge uses because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up making it more efficient and speedy which would give it a potential edge over Chrome, pun intended.

One of the features that Microsoft incorporated into Edge is that of sleeping tabs. Users were able to put some of their tabs to sleep, thereby their CPU usage by 99% and RAM usage by 85%. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Microsoft has just updated this feature so that users can save up to 8% more tabs than previously used to be possible.

Another change that is coming is that tabs that are sharing browsing instances with other tabs are now also going to available to put in sleep mode to reduce CPU usage. Every little bit counts, and an 8% increase in this feature’s ability to reduce resource consumption from your browser will contribute to said browser running more efficiently without lagging or crashing with all things having been considered and taken into account.

Edge just got its 100th version released, and this update to the sleeping tabs feature is one of the most prominent additions to this version. It will be interesting to see if this starts to move the needle in Microsoft’s favor, since Chrome users have been criticizing the browser for quite some time due to its excessive resource consumption which can often make it difficult to use on slower or older computers. Edge can potentially nab a larger market share as it slowly chips away at Chrome’s dominance, though it will be a good long while before Microsoft’s browser gets on par with Google’s in terms of popularity and user sentiment.


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