Microsoft now claims the crown of achievement in the battle for the desktop browser. The software maker has been gradually adding new features to Edge over the past year to improve performance and launch times. These additions have allowed Microsoft to claim itself the performance winner, even as Google today releases Chrome 91.
“Microsoft Edge will be the top-performing browser on Windows 10 when Microsoft Edge version 91 is released later this week,” says the Microsoft Edge team in a blog post. So why can we say this? It’s simple: boot boost and sleep tabs. “
Microsoft first began rolling out its new startup boost feature in Edge in March, claiming it will make the browser launch up to 41 percent faster. The new sleep tabs feature also appeared earlier this year, designed to boost browser performance. Edge now automatically frees up system resources for inactive tabs, making new tabs work better or keeping the browser from taking up memory and CPU resources in the background. Microsoft is also working on a separate performance mode for Edge that is currently being tested.
Google also stopped letting Chrome eat up more RAM. Recent updates to Chrome have included a greater focus on performance, with more advanced memory allocation to reduce memory usage and improve performance. Chrome’s last update in 2020 was also about efficiency.
Microsoft has also revealed that it has now submitted 5,300 commits to the Chromium browser project, which will also benefit Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers. While sleep tabs and boot boost are features for Edge, Microsoft has helped Google improve Chrome’s tab management, and its rivals have collaborated on a variety of underlying Chromium improvements.