Chrome could soon run better on Windows, thanks to Microsoft

Microsoft has been working on making Chromium-based Edge and
Google’s Chrome browser smoother and faster when it comes to
scrolling and also aiming to reduce memory usage with Windows
10’s new SegmentHeap feature.

Chrome has a problem with jerky scrolling that doesn’t go away
for some websites, and there are cases in which scrolling
doesn’t feel smooth.

To address the remaining gremlins in Chrome, Microsoft is now
adding support for EdgeHTML-style scroll animations called
‘impulse’. Impulse-style scrolling enables a specific style of
scroll animations which is not found on other platforms and it
was first introduced with Microsoft Edge (UWP version).

With impulse-style scrolling, Microsoft intends to make
scrolling more ‘responsive’, making it much smoother even when
you’re browsing a long document and a lot is happening on the
page you’re viewing.

According to Microsoft, impulse-style scrolling implementation
is very similar to that Chromium’s existing scrolling
animation, but there are some key differences.

Chromium scrolling
Image Courtesy: Microsoft

For example, when this feature is enabled, webpage content will
start moving quickly and then slow down due to friction.

“One of the benefits of this approach is that the scroll feels
more responsive due to the quick ramp-up at the start,”
explained software engineer
Rahul Arakeri. In a commit,
Microsoft also confirmed that it plans to turn impulse-based
scrolling on by default.

This scrolling behaviour is something that the original
Microsoft Edge did very well, but currently, scrolling can be
jerky and slow in Chromium Edge and Google Chrome.

In a recent build of Chromium Edge, Microsoft says it has
already enabled support for these scrolling improvements and
the smoothness of your scrolling won’t be affected when you’re
scrolling on long pages or documents.

However, Microsoft warned that the animation is not going to be
exactly the same as the one in EdgeHTML.

In addition to scrolling fixes, Microsoft is also working on

dark mode improvements for Google Chrome. For example, a
future update will bring dark scrollbars to Chrome pages.

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