Despite sharing a single engine with Chrome, Edge stands out with various optimizations and performance-oriented features that make the browser from Microsoft more efficient and snappier compared to Google's browser or other competitors. One of such features is Sleeping Tabs, and the latest Edge release makes Sleeping Tabs even better.
Sleeping Tabs is a feature Microsoft introduced in late 2020. It allows reducing the resource strain by offloading idling tabs without closing them. And when you go back to a sleeping tab, the browser awakens it almost instantly. Sleeping Tabs significantly reduce the amount of RAM Edge consumes, plus the feature improves the battery life by lowering the strain on the CPU.
In Edge 100, Microsoft has made Sleeping Tabs more effective. The company says its browser now can put to sleep web pages that share a browsing instance with other tabs. This change lets Edge put to sleep up to 8% more pages, resulting in a more efficient and resource-savvy experience. According to Microsoft, each sleeping page on average can save up to 85% of memory and 99% CPU resources.
Sleeping Tabs is a great feature to keep Edge in check and ensure it does not obliterate every bit of available memory. You can personalize Sleeping Tabs by selecting a timeout and creating a list of exceptions (some websites may break when you enable Sleeping Tabs). Besides, the Performance flyout on the toolbar provides an overview with details about how much RAM Sleeping Tabs save you.