New sleeping tabs in Microsoft Edge allow you to decrease the use of the CPU

New sleeping tabs in Microsoft Edge allow you to decrease the use of the CPU

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Microsoft worked hard to make Chromium Edge stand out and back in September, it started testing a feature in Edge Canary.

This effectively allowed users, when not used, to freeze tabs in the background. This technology is based on the built-in freezing function of Chrome, which when you look at it, easily pauses scripts on a screen.

Now, for all users running Microsoft Edge Beta 88, Microsoft is ready to deploy this feature. It is intended to produce a substantial decrease in CPU and battery use as anticipated.


          Numbers look very promising. In reality, that’s precisely what Microsoft reveals:

Usually, using sleeping tabs on Microsoft Edge decreases memory consumption by an average of 32 percent. As a sleeping tab uses 37 percent less CPU on average than a non-sleeping tab, it also improves your battery life.

What’s new in sleeping tabs feature in Edge ?


The new function is intended to cause inactive background tabs to go to sleep automatically. This, after a pre-defined period of time, unlocks machine resources. Notice that Microsoft Edge’s sleeping tabs can only allow tabs go to sleep after 2 hours of inactivity. Even so when it comes to redirecting those precious CPU and battery assets to freshly opened or active windows, as well as other apps on your device, this makes a big difference.

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When it is asleep, you should see a fade on the tab, so feel free to press it anytime you want it to be brought back to life. Recent changes include an option to put tabs to sleep even after 5 minutes of inactivity and new community rules to handle sleeping tabs on top of all these.

Keep in mind that by entering edge:/settings/system into the URL bar, you will find more related settings for this. In the comments section below don’t forget to let us know your thoughts about sleeping tabs.