Google's web browser has more than half the market share, but that doesn't stop chrome from over consuming the battery life of windows 10 devices. Unlike other browsers, chrome consumes both resources and a lot of energy, but Microsoft recently proposed a solution that can solve the battery life problem of chrome users.
Microsoft said in August 2019 that it could eliminate unnecessary disk caching when watching videos, thus reducing chrome's battery usage. Shawn Pickett, a senior software engineer at Microsoft, explained that caching during video playback keeps the disk active and obviously consumes power.
A second commit submission indicates that Microsoft's implementation will add a check to verify that the device is running on battery and not connected to AC power.
The content of the commit reads:
Another change was introduced to compare the HTTP response content size with the back-end maximum file size, and when the size is larger than the maximum file size, it will not cache the content.
It seems the Google Chrome team is finally planning to start using Microsoft's power-saving features. One alias on the Chromium platform
Microsoft edge engineers submitted a commit yesterday for approval and the commit is now active.
It's not clear when and how Google plans to test power-saving features, but the company may try it out with chrome Canary users before promoting it to everyone.
Microsoft's contribution to chromium
In 2019 alone, Microsoft edge contributed more than 1600 pieces of code to the open source chromium project. Some of these include accessibility, touch, PWA, memory usage, and other improvements.
Microsoft Edge has its own unique features, such as