Google Chrome has long been a resource-consuming consumer, and despite the improvements made by the giants behind it, Chrome is still a browser that consumes a lot of memory by running only a small number of tabs at the same time. But on the other hand, it’s not just Chrome’ problems, but the high CPU and memory usage is also a feature of other Chromium-based browsers.
Among them is Microsoft Edge, the new default browser in Windows 10 that uses the same kernel as Chrome, and Chromium, which brings Microsoft Edge to a platform other than Windows, where Microsoft Edge is not only available on macOS, but also has a Linux version to be released soon.
So Microsoft Edge also has high memory usage issues. But microsoft Edge uses much less memory than Chrome, according to user-mainstream usage feedback. Even chrome, most users prefer Edge to use it because of its low memory footprint. As a result, while Microsoft Edge consumes a lot of memory on Windows 10 devices, it still doesn’t consume as much as Chrome.
This, of course, depends on Microsoft’s optimization of Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft says that in Windows 10 May 2020, it provides improvements specifically for the memory usage of Microsoft Edge. Tests also show significant progress in this area for Microsoft Edge. That is, if you run the new Microsoft Edge on a device with Windows 10 May 2020, Edge won’t be crazy about taking up memory thanks to improvements from Microsoft.
Microsoft Edge Chief Project Manager Kim Denny explains that Microsoft has made improvements to the in-heap memory segment in the new version of Windows 10, reducing the memory usage of the program.
With improvements to the in-heap memory segments of Win32 apps in Windows 10 May 2020, Microsoft Edge leverages these updates to manage memory more efficiently. Early internal tests on devices conducted by Windows 10 May 2020 show that their memory usage can be reduced by up to 27% when browsing with Microsoft Edge.
Of course, the specific optimization effect varies depending on the configuration and usage of the device.
As you can see, Microsoft Edge is not the only browser to benefit from these improvements, as this is a system-level improvement that all Chromium-based browsers and other apps can use to optimize memory usage. Microsoft, as an important contributor to Chromium, is a good addition to the user in the long run.
Check out this page to learn more about how developers are taking advantage of the in-heap memory segment improvements.