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Microsoft Edge now compresses disk caches to increase speed and lower the browser’s storage footprint.

The Microsoft Edge Team announced that Microsoft Edge automatically shrinks disk caches on compatible devices starting with Microsoft Edge 102 on Windows. Because the compression can hurt performance on older devices, not all devices are supported.

Cache compression can significantly speed up the browser. According to Microsoft, the greater the disk cache a web browser utilizes, the quicker online resources can be retrieved, which helps web pages load faster. However, expanding the disk cache can results in systems with limited disk space running out of capacity, which browser developers must consider.

The impact of Sleeping Tabs

Microsoft increased the Chromium-based browser’s general speed and performance earlier this year by modifying the Sleeping tabs Function. Edge’s memory and CPU consumption were significantly reduced, resulting in improved browser performance and power efficiency.

Based on performance testing across about 13,000 devices, Microsoft claims that sleeping tabs cut memory consumption by 32 percent on average and, in most situations, reduce CPU usage by 37 percent.

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