Chrome remains the undisputed ruler of the PC internet browsers segment, as it secures almost 70% of the user base. The popular internet browser comes with many features that have attracted users over the years, but nothing is perfect, and there is also a major flaw.
Many PC and laptop users are familiars with the fact that Chrome likes to occupy a significant amount of the RAM that is available on the system. This trait can lead to some issues in the case of old or budget devices that don’t come with a large amount of RAM.
There are memes
The internet is filled with memes focused on Chrome and its appetite for RAM, but despite this unpleasant trait, the browser remains a popular choice among many users. However, it seems that the situation may change in the future.
Microsoft has announced that the latest update for Windows 10 comes with a new SegmentHeap value. This revamped heat implementation will reduce the overall memory usage on systems that run Windows 10 version 2004 or a newer version of the OS. The new value has been implemented in the upcoming Chromium-based version of the Edge browser.
Tests have shown that the new Edge browser version, which includes the new value, consumes up to 27% less memory when installed on a system that runs the Windows May 2020 update.
According to a popular a new commit, a Chrome developer argues that by manually adding the SegmentHeap entry to the chrome.exe manifesto Windows 10 version 2004 will allow the browser to use the new segment heap instead of the legacy one.
Microsoft and Google have stated that while the experimental results appear to offer good values, the actual results may vary. Still, a significant reduction in memory consumption will be noticeable, offering better performance for users.
Willie Hahn, senior editor at The Trending Times, writes about the intersection between money and politics with a focus on lobbying and tech articles. Willie previously at the Android Authority and Vice. Willie can be reached by email.