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Microsoft Edge is getting a performance mode on Windows 10




Microsoft Edge is an incredible desktop browser, packing basically all important features available on the market today. Microsoft is now working on a new feature called “performance mode”, designed specifically for performance, especially when you’re gaming or using other apps.


In 2020, Microsoft introduced Sleeping Tabs to reduce the amount of RAM and CPU (processing) power used by the browser. This feature alone isn’t enough to improve the overall system performance as there are factors affecting Edge’s RAM and CPU usage on Windows 10.


As shown in the screenshot below, Microsoft Edge is now adding a new “Performance mode” option to the System settings of the browser. When enabled, Edge will try to optimize overall web browsing speed, responsiveness and reduce CPU, RAM and battery usage without affecting the overall experience.




However, Microsoft noted that the performance improvements will vary and the result ultimately depends on users browsing habits.

Performance mode in Microsoft Edge aims to reduce overall resources usage

In our tests, we observed that that “performance mode” forces Sleeping Tabs when tabs are inactive for five minutes.


By default, sleeping tabs are set to go to sleep after two hours of inactivity. When performance mode is enabled, Edge will discard tabs after only five minutes of inactivity and you can still wake up a sleeping tab by simply clicking on it.

Microsoft Edge will also detect heavy resources activity in the background (such as audio or video) and block those tabs from sleeping. As you may be aware, Edge’s sleeping mode is based on a core Chromium technology that prevents background activities and scripts to minimize resource usage while saving the browsing data.


This should cut down memory, CPU and battery usage in most cases. In addition to the sleeping tab, Edge’s performance mode will also tweak other browser settings to improve the performance.

It’s worth noting that all sites and browser features work as before after enabling the performance mode.


The feature is currently available in Microsoft Edge Canary 91 for select users and should make its way into the stable release later this year.



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Windows 10 brings a game-changing feature to Edge to beat Chrome


Edging out the competition




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Microsoft's Edge browser has been gaining a dedicated following in recent months thanks to an ever-increasing list of features that its users seem to favor over offerings from rivals such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, and we're getting word that yet another feature is in development that could give it the 'edge' over the competition.


"Performance Mode" will allow you to optimize web browsing speed and responsiveness, as well as reduce CPU, RAM, and battery usage. This will be of benefit to anyone who runs browser tabs alongside other applications or even games, freeing up space to be used where you need the best results. 


This is seemingly in conjunction with the "Sleeping Tabs" feature that Edge introduced back in 2020, which allows browser tabs to freeze when not actively in use, reducing RAM and CPU usage. This was shown to be more advanced than the Chrome equivalent and more efficient at reducing memory usage.


Performance mode is currently only available in Microsoft Edge Canary 91 (a browser test build) for select users but should roll out to the standard Edge platform in late 2021.



Performance Mode

A glimpse of how Performance Mode looks in the settings (Image credit: Windows Latest)

Will you make the switch?

Windows Latest ran some tests and noted the differences, with Edge forcing tabs into sleep mode if they're unused for five minutes when "Performance Mode" was enabled, as opposed to the usual two hours of inactivity using just "Sleeping Tabs" alone. You can still reactivate the tabs by selecting onto them, so they won't disappear from your screen.

You should also see an improvement in CPU and battery usage when enabled, as well as other performance tweaks such as the feature automatically detecting overly demanding activity occurring in the background (such as video or audio that you may be listening to), and prevent those tabs from being forcefully put to sleep – so you won't have to keep clicking onto a YouTube tab to keep your music playing.

Given the running gag on how demanding Google Chrome is, other browsers could see these Edge features as a serious threat. Anyone who works with RAM-hungry software or even gamers will know how frustrating it can be to sacrifice memory usage when surfing the web. 

This feature could also help gamers and streamers who typically have numerous applications open and juggle performance on their systems.

Performance Mode doesn't affect how other Edge features either, so we may see more people making the jump over to Microsoft's browser to take advantage of the optimization options themselves.





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