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New Chrome update will reduce the incredible amount of RAM the browser uses

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 04 Sep 2015 7:23

New Chrome update will reduce the incredible amount of RAM the browser uses Fans of Google's Chrome browser know that if they want to have multiple tabs open then you better have 32GB of RAM free since the browser has inexplicably over time become a huge memory hog.
Google appears to agree and Chrome 45 is now available with focuses on efficiency and better speeds.

"Speed is one of the founding principles of Chrome. As the web evolves and sites take advantage of increasing capabilities, Chrome's performance--how fast pages load, how smooth scrolling is, how much memory is consumed, and how long your battery lasts--becomes even more important. So in the latest release of Chrome we've included a ton of improvements to make your browsing use less memory and power," says Google.

Additionally, Chrome will now restore your tabs in order from how recently they have been used so you can jump right back in even more efficiently. Finally, "Chrome can now detect when a webpage isn't busy with some other task, and use the free time to aggressively clean up old, unused memory. In practice we found that this reduced website memory usage by 10% on average, but the effect is even more dramatic on complex web apps. With Gmail, for example, we can free up nearly a quarter of the memory used by the tab," adds the company.

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