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Microsoft Edge Saves Huge Amounts Of RAM And Power By Putting 6 Billion Tabs To Sleep

In case you didn’t know by now, there’s a Sleeping Tabs functionality that Microsoft Edge has added. And it’s known to do wonders for the browser.

A recent report by the company has delineated how it has managed to save up big time in terms of RAM usage and power too, all thanks to the sleep tab functionality.

There was a recent tweet published in this regard by the company itself which claims to have struck a home run in terms of saving up to 274 RAM Petabytes followed in the past one month, across its Windows PCs.

And to be more specific, that’s nearly 39.1 worth of megabytes saved on a single tab!

We know what you must be thinking, that’s not a lot, right? But wait, when you’ve got a series of tabs open at the same time, you’re dealing with a scenario that results in a spike of power being consumed.

On average, people have nearly 10 tabs running at the same time and it’s just wasting so much of your battery life, not to mention your RAM. And that stands true even if you’re using or interacting with just one tab at a single time.

Some computers have so much memory but that’s not the case with all desktops. Moreover, it’s not uncommon to find affordable laptops with limited RAM worth just 4GB. Therefore, when you know you’re already restricted, why not make a little more effort and save some megabytes for noticeable improvements in terms of performance,

So, what can you expect with this new sleeping tabs feature? Well, by default, the settings work in a manner that after just two hours, all of the tabs are put to sleep. However, you’re definitely given flexibility in terms of customizing your preferences in terms of the exact timeframe.

People are also allowed to specify the exact websites that they don’t want the sleeping feature to affect. Hence, you can simply delineate them and they’ll be working a long time as usual.

We saw the upgrade for this sleeping functionality be rolled out during the start of the year. It all began with Edge 100 where users could save around 85% of their memory and almost a perfect 99% in terms of their CPU. This was confirmed by Microsoft.

Users can also see the exact figures of RAM being saved by utilizing this feature by selecting the option in their settings menu.

Therefore if your Edge browser is updated, we don’t see why you wouldn’t want to benefit from this great update.


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