The Navigator Microsoft Edge it is now even more optimized and slightly higher performing on Windows. That’s thanks to changes in version 102 of the browser, which can now automatically compress disk caches.
Microsoft talked about this in a technical post, explaining that their overall goal is “to deliver the best-performing browser possible on Windows and other platforms.” In what seems like an opportunity in Google Chrome, Microsoft also mentioned that they are aware that when a web browser consumes too many resources, the system can slow down. That’s where disk caching comes into play.
For those who are not familiar, in relation to web browsers, the cache is where resources are stored so that web pages can load faster. With disk caching in Edge, Microsoft believes that the larger the browser cache, the more likely the browser will pull it from disk to load the web page faster.
Generally, the larger the cache, the more disk space it will consume, which can be problematic on devices with smaller hard drives or solid state drives. Normal browsers will moderate the cache based on available space.
Microsoft Edge addresses this in new ways by adjusting disk caching to minimize disk usage by using compression technology. It believes that the content in the cache is often highly compressible anyway, which still results in the requested resources being fetched from disk. Therefore, in Edge 102, Microsoft Edge automatically compresses disk caches on devices that meet eligibility checks.
“This ensures that compression of these caches greatly improves performance and the overall user experience,” Microsoft explains.
This is just one of the ways that Microsoft Edge is being optimized for Windows. With the browser integrated into many areas of the operating system, Microsoft can add features as efficiency mode, which extends battery life by reducing CPU usage on inactive tabs. Microsoft Edge also has a feature known as sleep tabs, which can put inactive tabs to sleep to save resources.
Features like this could be just one of the reasons why Microsoft Edge is becoming more popular. It recently overtook Mozilla Firefox as the second most popular web browser. Google Chrome, however, is still on top with a 69% share.