Google accepted another piece of code proposed by Microsoft for the Chromium browser, including Chrome. It will be tested soon, and its role is to reduce energy consumption in Windows laptops.
Chromium browser – contrary to some fears – significantly benefited from joining Microsoft to its co-authors. The Redmond giant donated hundreds of proposals to the community that made it faster, lighter and more accessible. Microsoft is not selfless. Although the most popular overlay on Chromium is the Chrome browser, but the add-ons also gain other overlays: including the Microsoft Edge browser.
Google moderating the development of Chromium intends to start testing the next solution proposed by Microsoft in the near future. This is a series of small changes designed to reduce the impact of a working browser on the energy consumption of portable computers.
Chrome, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi and Edge – new versions have less energy consumption
According to the idea of Microsoft – which dates back to the time of the author’s version of Edge, the so-called Spartan – Chrome would stop using mass storage as a cache for video playback. RAM will be used for this purpose, which in almost every case will consume less energy than a hard disk.
The second change is adjusting the browser’s operating mode to the operating system’s operating mode. For now, this only applies to Chrome on the Windows version, but this idea in the future may be extended to other operating systems. In other words, Chrome and its relatives are supposed to detect that the computer is on battery power and adapt its mechanisms to this state. The third and final is to impose a cache limit on too large data sets to make sense in them stored in that memory.
For today, Microsoft has submitted over 1,600 patches to the Chromium community. An important part of them concerns improvements for disabled users of the browser, touch interface, PWA support and memory management.