Edge put to sleep more than 6 billion tabs a month


Microsoft Edge is a browser that keeps on getting better with each new update. The default choice on Windows 11 is now a fully featured solution that can duke it out with the best in the business.

Although its market share may not reflect its titanic stature, but statistics help paint the picture.

A picture deserving of the second most popular web browser on the market.

Take the Sleeping Tabs feature, for instance.

Redmond developed this neat little tool with a simple goal in mind. That of putting inactive tabs to sleep on the browser to optimize performance and save resources. Since these tabs no longer use computing resources, it reduces battery consumption when Microsoft Edge is running.

This is a really useful feature for a browser to have in its arsenal.

And as Microsoft reveals, Edge managed to put to sleep no less than 6 billion tabs in just one month:

According to the data collected, over the past 28 days, Windows devices saw over 6 billion tabs put to sleep, resulting in a savings of 273.7 petabytes of RAM. This amounts to roughly 39.1 megabytes saved per tab.

Edge Sleeping Tabs

Sleeping tabs are available on Edge on all desktop platforms, with the software titan further improving this handy feature in Microsoft Edge 100.

The updated sleeping tabs enabled pages that are sharing a browsing instance with another page to now go to sleep. With this change, 8% more tabs on average sleep, in turn saving even more resources. On average, each sleeping tab saves 85% of memory and 99% CPU for Microsoft Edge.

With features like these, Edge continues to get new capabilities that not only make the browser faster and more stable, but also more power efficient.

Good stuff, overall.