Microsoft is now claiming the performance crown in the battle for desktop browsers. The software maker has gradually added new features to Edge over the past year to improve performance and time to launch. These additions have helped Microsoft claim itself the winner in terms of performance, even as Google releases Chrome 91 today.
“Microsoft Edge will be the best performing browser on Windows 10 when Microsoft Edge version 91 is released later this week,” the Microsoft Edge team says in a blog post. “So why can we say this? It’s simple: start-up boost and sleep tabs. “
Microsoft began rolling out its new startup acceleration feature in Edge in March, claiming it speeds up browser launch by up to 41%. The new sleep tabs feature also appeared earlier this year, designed to improve browser performance. Edge now automatically frees system resources for inactive tabs, which helps new tabs run better or prevents the browser from hogging memory and CPU resources in the background. Microsoft is also working on a separate performance mode for Edge which is currently under testing.
Google also didn’t let Chrome consume more RAM. Recent Chrome updates have put more emphasis on performance, with a more advanced memory splitter to reduce memory usage and increase performance. Chrome’s last update in 2020 was also about efficiency.
Microsoft also revealed that it has now submitted 5,300 pledges for the Chromium browser project, which will also benefit Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers. While sleep tabs and startup acceleration are features of Edge, Microsoft has helped Google improve Chrome’s tab handling, and competitors have worked together on various underlying Chromium improvements.