Google?s Chrome browser is the most popular web browser across platforms by some
distance, which is surprising when you consider its horrible memory management.

It?s not uncommon for Chrome to gobble up loads of RAM in Windows, which can
make devices with limited memory very hard to use. There may be hope on the
horizon, though. A new feature in Windows 10 might allow Google to streamline
Chrome, and we know it works because Microsoft is already using it.

[]Chromium Edge rolled out to almost
all Windows 10 computers in the recent May 2020 update and according to
Microsoft, this update also implemented a new memory management feature in Edge
known as ?SegmentHeap?. In the latest version of Windows, developers can opt
into ?SegmentHeap? to lower the RAM usage of a program. Microsoft says it
already added support to the new Edge browser, and it has seen a considerable
27% drop in the browser?s memory footprint.

As anyone who?s used Chrome regularly can confirm, Google?s browser has a way of
running away with all your RAM once you get past a handful of tabs. However,
Google has taken note of the new ?SegmentHeap? functionality in Windows. Anew
comment in the Chromium open source project
[], first
discovered byfolks over atWindows Latest
[] , suggests the addition of ?SegmentHeap? support on Windows.

The commit notes that devices with higher numbers of processor threads will
benefit the most, but everyone should get some RAM back. Testing individual
machines with modified Chrome executables shows that ?SegmentHeap? could save
several hundred megabytes at least.

Google is still in the earliest phase of adding this feature to Chrome. It might
appear in the Canary build soon, followed by a Dev channel release. It will take
at least a few months after that for ?SegmentHeap? support to arrive in the
Stable channel that most people use.

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