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Improving Memory Usage in Microsoft Edge
« on: June 24, 2020, 09:19:48 PM »
From Improving Memory Usage in Microsoft Edge - Microsoft Edge Blog:

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With the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, Microsoft Edge has leveraged the Windows segment heap memory improvements now available for Win32 applications to manage memory more efficiently. Early internal testing results of devices on the May 2020 Update are showing a memory usage reduction of up to 27% when browsing with Microsoft Edge. Individual device performance will vary based upon configuration and usage, but the lower memory usage is expected to create a better experience.


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Re: Improving Memory Usage in Microsoft Edge
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 11:30:06 PM »
Yes, I saw that the other day or so in the news.  This modification was touted to not only improve the memory usage of Edge but also of Google Chrome---which I do not use.  I will take it that this will apply to all of the chromium based browsers (besides Edge, that would be Opera, Iron, Slimjet, Vivaldi, Epic, and quite a few others that I do not use).

The massive memory usage was one of the reasons that I had avoided using the chromium based browsers on any steady basis.  On my older 4 GB machine using a chromium based browser was an invitation to the computer for hanging and freezing up.  However when my steady dependable 32 bit Windows XP machine motherboard finally died in January after nearly 8 years (and it was used when I purchased it as an upgrade from Windows 2000 back in 2012!), I found a good used machine (circa 2010 vintage) with a whopping 24 GB of memory in it at an outstanding price.  I am still installing that 64 bit machine and sadly finding out that many of my older programs will not run on it.  But what I have found is that the chromium based browsers work wonderfully well when given copious amounts of memory, and 24 GB is copious.

I had never understood how Chrome had become the leading browser over the more recent years, because on my older machine the chromium browsers just did not work very well.  The gecko based browsers (SeaMonkey and later Palemoon and MyPal) all seemed to work better memory wise.  Now with that huge amount of memory the chromium based browsers seem to mostly match the gecko based browsers in memory usage and in overall performance.  (Of course I am not sure gecko is the right term to use anymore since Firefox is apparently using something called "gecko with servo" and Palemoon and Mypal are using "goanna.")

I just wish that the old presto based Opera could have survived; it was my go to browser for more than 15 years, until Opera pulled the plug on it and began using chromium/blink.  I still fire up the last presto version 12.18 occasionally and am sadly reminded about all of the browser features that I had become accustomed to.  (Sigh)  But quite simply that old Opera cannot handle many of the newer web sites and pages anymore.  (More sigh)

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Re: Improving Memory Usage in Microsoft Edge
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 10:53:56 AM »
If I could only log in with my gmail account, I'd use Edge Chromium. I am soooo steeped in the Googleverse,(personal and work) I don't have the time it would take to switch. As I've said on other forums, this was by design at Google.

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Re: Improving Memory Usage in Microsoft Edge
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2020, 11:58:48 AM »
xrobwx71, what problems are you having logging into Gmail using Edge?

Multiple Gmail accounts are working fine on the newest version of Edge for me.

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Re: Improving Memory Usage in Microsoft Edge
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2020, 12:41:13 PM »
It's not a problem using G-mail on Edge, I meant the integration part, the syncing of all my G-stuff, etc. Sorry I wasn't clear. :)

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