Microsoft is testing a new feature for its Edge browser that will allow tabs that have been open for some time to be suspended if we have not consulted them again.
One of the main problems that Google Chrome has is the high consumption of RAM , something that could even slow down the performance of our computer when we have many tabs open at the same time, something quite common if, for example, you are doing telework.
Microsoft has found a gold mine with its new Edge browser, and it is thanks to it that it is finding different ways to make it possibly the best browser on the market, little by little scratching part of the share by those users who are leaving Chrome to embrace the new Windows 10 browser.
As explained in Windowslatest , Microsoft has just added a new experimental function that will allow us to suspend the tabs that we have open after spending a certain period of time without accessing them . What the feature would do is basically suspend all these tabs after a period of time without use and then restore them if the user requires it.
These options are only available right now in the beta channel, and could arrive during the next weeks to the stable version of the browser. The feature was originally introduced in Chromium 79 and is now being used by the Edge browser to reduce the memory, CPU, and battery resources of our laptops.
According to Microsoft, suspending the tabs that have not been used for a while will reduce the memory use of Windows 10 by 32%, but also the use of the CPU by 37% and will increase the life of our battery .
The user can configure this feature to their liking, choosing if they want the tabs to be suspended instantly once open, after a few minutes, or after an hour, two hours or more. In this way, if we work with 10 tabs, those that for example are open but we have not consulted an hour, will be suspended. Once we access them again, the system will reload them automatically.
But there is an exception, because those tabs that are playing audio and video or those in which we are recording, will not be suspended. We will have to see if there are other exceptions, because there may be tabs that are constantly updated and that we may want to keep them active.
It is also likely that some websites will not perform this way properly when restoring after a previous suspension, which is why this feature is still in beta.