During Build 2021 today, Microsoft announced that its Edge browser will be the fastest browser for Windows 10 with an update scheduled for this week. Developers are reportedly adding features such as Sleep Tabs and Launch Booster to Edge 91.
The Sleeping Tabs feature solves one of the main problems of many browsers. It allows you to increase browser performance by freeing system resources allocated to unused tabs; including putting ads on inactive tabs to sleep. Microsoft claims that the implementation of “Sleeping Tabs” will help reduce the memory consumption of the Edge browser by 82%.
Regarding the Launch Booster feature, it is reported that core Edge processes will always run in the background on Windows without requiring additional resources when launching the browser or opening tabs.
Since launching the Chromium-powered Edge browser last year, Microsoft has made over 5,300 commits to the open-source Chromium project. This means that other browsers based on this engine can also receive changes made to Edge.
The beta version of Microsoft Edge browser for Linux
The Microsoft development team has recently announced the release of the first beta version of their proprietary Edge web browser for Linux, based on the Chromium project source code. The browser is available as rpm and deb packages for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE.
For the first time, public testing of Microsoft Edge for Linux started at microsoftedgeinsider.com in October last year. For six months the company has been releasing preliminary and alpha builds of the browser; but now the product development has reached the beta testing stage. The beta version of the web browser will get a new version every 6 weeks. We do not know yet the timing of the final release of Microsoft Edge for the Linux platform.
Recall that the features of Edge are built-in support for online services from Microsoft and many different enhancements that integrate the web browser into the ecosystem of software solutions of the software giant. In addition to Linux, browser previews are also available for Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10 / 10X, Windows Server, macOS, and HoloLens 2 mixed reality headsets.
According to the analytical company StatCounter; Microsoft Edge currently ranks third in the global desktop browser market with 8 percent of the audience. The first position is taken by Google Chrome (67.6% market share). The second most popular is Safari (9.9%)