Microsoft is preparing this week to release version 91 of its Chromium-based Edge browser, and it will enable the Startup Boost feature in addition to its Sleeping Tabs.
Microsoft announced the Startup Boost feature in October 2020, and introduced it in version 89 of the Edge browser, but suspended it in March to fix issues.
And at this week’s Build 2021 developer conference, the company said: Startup Boost comes with version 91 of the Edge browser later this week.
This coincides with the termination of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10, and organizations are advised to use Edge’s IE mode for old applications.
For a faster startup of Edge, the Startup Boost feature runs some basic processes in the background and does not add additional resources when Edge windows are open.
Microsoft’s internal testing revealed that Edge’s startup times improve by between 29 and 41 percent, and it hopes that faster performance will make this browser the favorite across Windows devices.
Another performance feature of Edge is Sleeping Tabs, which promise to save laptop memory and battery life Advertising Reported it for the first time in September.
Microsoft is also working on improvements before its release to all users, and the company said: Sleeping Tabs now provide up to 82 percent of memory demand.
Some gains are achieved by placing ads in sleep mode when the tabs are in the background on Windows computers.
And for developers, Microsoft has made progress with WebView2, which has reached public availability and is now included with WinUI 3 – the two components of Project Reunion’s long-term effort to standardize Win32 and UWP app development.
WebView 2 is a control based on the Microsoft Edge rendering engine and is used to display web content via portions of the original application.
WebView 2 aims to help developers create hybrid applications that come close to native applications that can access resources, such as the Windows file system.
Microsoft has also shown its growing influence over Chromium, the open-source project behind all Chromium-based browsers, and the software giant now has 5,300 commitments that have been accepted into the project.
It should be noted that the Google Chrome browser, which shares many of its basic technologies with Edge, also features tools to reduce the use of resources, including what Google calls freezing tabs.
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