Microsoft improves browser performance by compressing cache files

Edge 102 has a new feature that greatly improves its performance. With this new version, the browser is now able to compress cache files stored on the user’s hard drive. Thus, they take up less space, while maintaining the browser’s quick access to the resources it needs.

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Not content with now being the second most popular browser in the world, Edge continues to improve to provide the best possible experience. And, as with any software, it all comes down to performance. With the deployment of its version 102, Edge is therefore acquiring a new feature dedicated to this fundamental aspect. As Microsoft explains in a recent blog post, the browser can now compress generated cache files.

To work properly — and above all faster — all browsers store cache files on the user’s hard drive. This makes it possible, for example, to display images or other content from a website without having to reload it each time. However, although they do not weigh much if taken individually, they can quickly occupy a lot of space once together.

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Edge reduces its hard drive usage and improves its performance

This is why it is often advisable to empty the cache folders of your PC on a regular basis. Moreover, if you don’t know how to do it, we have written a guide on the subject. Anyway, Microsoft is well aware of this problem and has therefore decided to integrate a compression feature into its browser, while ensuring that it “will be beneficial without degrading performance”.

“This ensures that compressing these caches vastly improves performance and overall user experience”, adds the Redmond firm. Indeed, cache files are very easy to compress, without harming their use by the browser. This feature follows the arrival of standby tabs with Edge 100, which also greatly improved browser performance.

Source: Microsoft

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