Microsoft explains how they’re making Chromium Edge faster

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Microsoft’s new Edge is slowly heading to all devices via
Windows Update and it also comes pre-installed with Windows 10
October 2020 Update. While Chromium underpinnings enable access
to more extensions and a couple of new features, all these
improvements come at cost of performance.

Microsoft Edge has always been faster than Google Chrome,
but after switching to Chromium, Edge’s RAM usage also
increased. To reduce the impact, Microsoft started working on a
number of new features that enable better memory and CPU
management.

Microsoft Edge browser now comes with two under-the-hood
features called “Profile-Guided Optimizations” and “Link-Time
Optimizations”.

These features have helped Microsoft improve the benchmark
scores of Edge by 13%. In April, Microsoft says they added
several scrolling features to improve touch, scrolling and
clicks accuracy on Windows.

With Windows 10 May 2020 Update, Microsoft Edge’s memory usage
also reduced significantly. The company claims Chromium Edge
memory usage dropped by up to 27% after the developers
implemented “SegmentHeap”, which is a new feature available for
Win32 apps.

Since Edge is faster after implementing SegmentHeap,
Google has also decided to use the same feature for Google
Chrome, which is also built on the Chromium platform.

Last year, Microsoft also shrunk the size of their browser by
almost 50%.

While reducing RAM usage in any browser is important, it
appears that Microsoft is working on other areas to make Edge
faster. Microsoft says they’ve just “started” and more
performance improvements will be released in the coming months

PDF, security and other Edge improvements

At Ignite 2020, Microsoft confirmed that Edge is getting
support for notes in PDFs, which should users collaborate on
the same document. Likewise, Edge is also getting support to
view and validate PDF digital signatures.

Microsoft is planning to begin rolling out PDF improvements
next month along with
Edge’s Linux version.

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