Windows 10 feature could fix Chrome’s annoying RAM-usage problem

It’s usually not a good idea to toss your enemy a weapon in the middle of a fight, but Microsoft doesn’t seem to care. The organization will arm Google Chrome with a feature that may make it tough for the new Edge browser to gain ground.

The Windows 10 May 2020 update will reduce the memory using some apps, such as the notoriously RAM-hungry Chrome, reported by Windows Latest. It works by utilizing a “SegmentHeap” improvement, which Microsoft defines as a “modern heap implementation which will generally reduce your [app’s] overall memory usage.”

Microsoft has tested the feature around the Edge browser and found memory usage reduction of as much as 27%. Google is pretty looking forward to it, therefore the company submitted a commit for adopting the feature in Chrome.

Within the commit, Google software engineer Bruce Dawson notes, “Experiments with per-machine opting-in towards the segment heap for chrome.exe suggests that this could save hundreds of MB in the browser and Network Service utility processes, amongst others, on some machines.”

Results will be different

Both Microsoft and Google mentioned that the quantity of RAM reduction you may expect will vary. It is possible the Windows 10 update feature fails to improve Chrome’s RAM usage enough for users to see.

But if it does, the update will fix a long-standing complaint with Chrome: it decelerates your system by hogging its RAM. It might also backfire on Microsoft, a business attempting to compete against Chrome using the new Edge browser. Microsoft has to date succeeded in its effort to rejuvenate Edge; the browser quickly became the second-most popular desktop browser after just a few months when it toppled Firefox.

Within our Edge vs. Chrome face-off, we gave Edge a ton of points for “using less than half from the RAM and CPU of Google Chrome.” I will be certain to reconduct our tests and update the face-off when Google adopts the feature.