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How Microsoft will speed up the performance of its Edge browser

In a blog post, Microsoft explains how it is preparing to refine responsiveness on the new version of Edge, its browser. In this case, the firm will soon rely on a simple and effective method: the automatic compression of the cache, very useful for navigation.

July 30, 2022 15:04 How Microsoft will speed up the performance of its Edge browser

Microsoft will deploy an invisible novelty on Edge, but which should nevertheless boost the responsiveness of its browser on certain PCs. In a blog post published on July 27, the Redmond giant explains that it will now adopt automatic cache compression in order to improve performance and reduce Edge's footprint on available memory.

More efficient edge, especially on machines with low memory

As a reminder, the use of the cache allows Edge to store resources previously retrieved from the web and likely to be reused later by the browser. The idea is quite simply to keep useful data locally, to be able to use them quickly without having to look for them again online. And the larger the cache, the greater the probability that it contains relevant data for subsequent browsing.

Very common, this function can nevertheless have repercussions on the performance of the browser, but also on that of the machine which is used, in particular if the latter has only a limited amount of memory. This is where Microsoft wants to improve Edge, by allowing it to automatically compress cached data.

Cache compression is coming with Edge 102

“To prevent the browser cache from consuming all available disk space, browsers already moderate cache usage based on available space. This issue becomes critical, especially on systems with low disk space,” Microsoft explains. “One way to maximize cache usage while minimizing disk usage is to take advantage of compression (…)”.

Microsoft explains deploying automatic cache compression on Edge 102, first on Windows. A first step which will only intervene on the other hand “on the devices which meet the eligibility checks, in order to ensure that the compression will be beneficial without degrading the performance”, specifies the firm. We can imagine that this novelty will later be added to the mobile versions of Edge for Android and iOS, but Microsoft is not talking about it yet at this stage.

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