Microsoft is improving tab restoration for Chrome and Edge

After abandoning original and old Edge browser for Chromium,
Microsoft has committed several changes to improve the
open-source platform on Windows 10. Since Chromium is
open-source, changes made by Microsoft will help Edge and other
browsers such as Chrome.

In July,
Microsoft found a way to fix Chrome’s annoying notifications
behaviour by fixing a bug where Google’s browser won’t open
the correct page when you click on a notification in Windows 10
Action Center.

Later, Microsoft also discovered new methods to reduce both

battery and memory consumption of Google Chrome.

Microsoft is now working on improvements for Chrome’s tab
retention feature for tab restoration purposes.

When your browser closed or crashed accidentally, Google
currently allows you to restore your tabs and their session.
The feature works well and you can easily restore the tabs most
of the time without data loss, but the problem with this whole
approach is that the restoration process is not always
reliable.

Thankfully, Microsoft is aware of the reliability issues. In a
commit, which was filed in
September, Microsoft has detailed the new changes to the tab
retention architecture to improve its performance.

With the new change, Chromium will be able to store N number of
session files instead of being limited to two. Once
implemented, this approach could reduce the data loss when the
browser crashes or system reboots.

Furthermore, Microsoft believes the feature could also increase
the usability of tab restoration, as it will allow tabs to
remain stored for a longer period of time and the variable
number of files to be stored for each session type.

“This helps improve the longevity and usefulness of tab data
from tab restoration,” Microsoft said.

Chromium browser tabs retention

Microsoft also noted that their new feature will reduce data
loss when users accidentally close their session without
restoring important tabs from their previous session.

In addition, this will be still exposed in the ‘Recently
Closed’ menu of Chromium browsers, such as Chrome and Edge.

It’s worth noting that tabs in a private browsing window
(incognito) cannot be retained or recovered using the tab
restoration process. These changes will only apply to normal
windows and tabs.

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