Microsoft promises to tackle tab overload in Chromium Edge

Microsoft Edge tab improvement

Security and performance enhancements are always welcome in a
web browser, but tab management and multitasking are equally
important. Microsoft understands that tab overload or tab
duplication is an important user problem and Edge engineers are
actively looking into new ideas.

In recent versions of Chromium, Microsoft has been gradually
making a number of tweaks to address tab overload and
duplication. For example, Microsoft recently proposed important
changes to the
Chromium’s default tab retention/restoration architecture
to address reliability concerns and improve its performance.

In addition to tab retention, Microsoft is also experimenting
with ‘tab previews’ feature in Edge Canary. This will allow
users to preview the content of the tabs without visiting the
tab.

In a Reddit thread, Microsoft confirmed that it’s still working
on tab previews to reduce tab overload. Once released, you’ll
be able to hover over an individual tab that is not in focus to
see a quick thumbnail preview. It’s likely that Microsoft’s
implementation will be better than the tab previews included in
Google Chrome.

“Switching between tabs is definitely an important user problem
we are actively looking into, and having duplicate tabs can be
both a cause and symptom of having lots of tabs open,”
Microsoft added.

Microsoft has also promised Fluent Design, scrolling,
touchscreen, general performance, and other optimizations for
Edge.

Edge for Android will get better

Microsoft finally confirmed that it’s still investing in the
mobile version of the browser. The priority right now is to get
it aligned with the desktop counterpart to share the same code
base across all devices.

Once the migration work is complete, Microsoft will begin
pushing new features and improvements to Chromium Edge for
Android.

Unfortunately, Microsoft is not yet ready to share a time frame
for the big Edge update on Android, but more information will
be out ‘soon’, according to a Microsoft engineer.

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