Google Chrome Will Finally Use Less RAM

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One of the biggest concerns Chrome users have with Google’s web browser is high memory usage. And it appears that Microsoft may just have something to say on this matter.

The software titan shipped Windows 10 version 2004 with massive segment heap memory improvements that paved the way for some notable decrease in the amount of RAM used by the Microsoft Edge web browser.

Redmond claimed that it observed a 27% improvement in the May 2020 Update.

It was only a matter of time until Google discovered the refinements in the May 2020 Update and started working on similar updates for its Chrome browser. And well, it looks like the search engine giant is in on the act.

According to this report, the new “SegmentHeap” value will help developers reduce the memory consumption in Win32 apps on Windows 10 version 2004 and later.

This commit shows a Google engineer adding this feature to Chrome.exe manifest that will instruct Windows 10 version 2004 to opt for segment heap instead of the legacy heap in order to reduce the overall memory usage on the Chrome web browser.

Hard to predict when Google will make these changes.

But when it does, the change in RAM usage will depend on the machine. Meaning, it could be more or less than the 27% that was reported by Microsoft.

Either way, looks promising.

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