Chrome may soon reduce its battery usage on Windows 10

Google’s web browser has more than half the market share, but
that hasn’t stopped Chrome from consuming battery of Windows
10-powered devices. Unlike other browsers, Chrome is both
resources and energy intensive, but Microsoft recently proposed
a solution that could address the battery backup concerns of
Chrome users.

In August 2019,
Microsoft said it’s possible to reduce Chrome’s battery
usage by eliminating the unnecessary disk caching when
watching videos. Shawn Pickett, a senior software engineer at
Microsoft, explained that caching during video playback keeps
disk in an active state, and it apparently uses power.

The second
commit has revealed that Microsoft’s implementation will
add a check to verify that the device is running on battery and
is not connected to AC power.

“Since the goal is to improve battery life, this scopes the
change so that it doesn’t impact scenarios when the device is
connected to power,” the commit reads.

Another change has been introduced to compare the HTTP response
content size to the backend maximum file size and it will not
cache the content when size is larger than the maximum file
size.

Browsers battery usage

It looks like the Google Chrome team is finally planning to
begin experimenting with Microsoft’s power saver feature. A
Google Chrome engineer, who goes by alias ‘Chrome Cunningham’
on the Chromium platform, confirmed that Google is
planning to kick off the experiment in Chrome.

Microsoft Edge’s engineer yesterday submitted the commit for
approval and commit is now active.

It’s not clear when and how Google plans to test the battery
saver feature, but the company is likely to experiment it with
Chrome Canary users first before pushing it out to everyone.

Microsoft’s contribution to Chromium

Microsoft Edge made more than 1,600 code contributions to the
open-source Chromium project in 2019 alone. Some of those
contributions include accessibility, touch, PWAs, memory usage,
and several other improvements.

Microsoft Edge comes with its own exclusive features such as
Collections and as well as customizable and informative
start page options.

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