Microsoft Edge will compress the cache to become faster than ever

All web browsers save certain files related to the websites you visit. This data is cached locally on your hard drive in the form of cookies, media (images), and other data. These are also some resources that can be reused by the browser, i.e. they can help the application load pages faster on subsequent visits, because the browser does not have to re-download them from the Internet from scratch.

This is useful, but it also poses a problem. As the cache grows over time, it can end up taking up a lot of space, often consuming several gigabytes of storage. While this may seem insignificant for users who have a large capacity hard drive, it may be a problem for those with less storage space, such as laptops with a small capacity SSD. A large disk footprint (caused by the data cache) can also degrade overall system performance. You may have noticed your computer slowing down as the browser hogs all available resources.

Clearing the cache will of course help users reclaim space, but will result in a slower browsing experience. Microsoft’s solution to this problem is disk cache compression. In effect, Microsoft Edge will soon automatically compress disk caches, which will help improve its performance and give users a noticeable speed boost. The company says its goal is to “provide the best performing browser possible on Windows and other platformsdespite fierce competition from Google Chrome (which, like Edge, is based on the Chromium platform) and Apple’s Safari. According to Microsoft, the contents of caches created by browsers are “often highly compressible”.

Microsoft said thatfrom Edge 102 on Windows – Edge 102 was released last month, and has already been superseded by Edge 103, so you should already have the new feature in your browser, its browser was going “automatically compress disk caches on devices that meet eligibility checks, to ensure that compression will be beneficial without degrading performance“.

But there is a catch. Microsoft says Edge will automatically compress the cache on devices that meet certain eligibility checks. However, she did not reveal what those requirements are. It’s also unclear if the company will extend the feature to macOS and Linux versions of the browser, but I think it may be exclusive to Windows, as it uses WOF (WofCompressedData Binaries) to compress the data.

How to make your browser better

Microsoft Edge has long been at a disadvantage compared to its competitors, despite being the default browser for modern Windows machines. However, the company has been working hard to come up with updates to make it faster, more responsive, and more capable. More recently, the browser’s CPU and memory requirements have been reduced, which would have a less damaging effect on battery life. According to Bleeping Computer, dormant tabs should use 32% less memory on average, and CPU usage will drop by 37%.

Additionally, the company’s roadmap hints at future updates aimed at boosting productivity. Last month, we reported on a new side-by-side feature set to come to Edge in August 2022.

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