That web browsers have a memory problem is known to everyone. So much so that Microsoft is working to prevent Edge Chromium from tripping on the same stone as Google Chrome. Something perhaps not as simple as it might seem at first, since we must not forget that the first surname of the new Microsoft browser is due, of course, to the fact that it shares “guts” with the Google browser and, therefore, has it easy enough for the same things to become indigestible.
Thus, and according to we know today from Softpedia News, the engineers responsible for Edge Chromium have started testing a new feature, called Sleeping Tabs and that periodically check which non-active tabs are consuming resources, in order to free the resources that they are using. In this way, and especially users prone to having many tabs open (and in this I take it for granted), they should notice an improvement in the performance of both the open tab and the rest of the applications and system processes.
To develop Sleeping Tabs, those responsible for Edge Chromium have used the core of Chromium’s own freezing technology that those responsible for Google Chrome already use in their own browser. However, and although it also has functions to reduce the resource consumption of inactive tabs, this time the Edge Chromium engineers would have gone one step further. A step that will probably be replicated by Google at some point.
By default, this function is configured so that the tabs go into sleep mode after two hours of inactivity, although lUsers will be able to modify Edge Chromium settings to reset the timeout. Also, to make it possible to detect at a glance when a tab has entered sleep mode, its appearance will be shadowed, such as faded. To return the activity, the user will only have to select it and all its elements will be activated again.
“We rely on freezing technology to create sleeping eyelashes. This feature allows inactive tabs in the background to “sleep”, freeing up system resources after a set period of time. These resources include both memory and CPU and can be used for new or existing tabs or other applications running on your device.«Says Microsoft.