The latest edition of Microsoft Edge will include a new disk caching feature that the company says will provide a major performance upgrade while minimizing the storage footprint.
A disk cache is used by browsers to store resources retrieved from the Internet so that they can be quickly accessed later if needed; the larger the cache, the greater the chance that the requested resource can be retrieved from the disk, which is often faster than the same resource from the network.
However, especially on systems with limited disk space, a large cache runs the risk of slowing down the entire machine on a larger scale.
Microsoft Edge disk caching
Microsoft says the new feature will automatically compress disk caches on some devices, and that this compression will apparently save on the disk space needed for the cached content.
Because the content in these caches is often highly compressible, according to Microsoft, compression increases the likelihood that the requested resource can be retrieved from the disk.
The tech giant said the new feature will only be automatically implemented on devices that pass the eligibility checks, to ensure compression is beneficial without sacrificing performance.
The feature will appear in Microsoft Edge 102, which will be rolled out to users soon, with a number of upgrades and new tools.
While Microsoft Edge has long been the underdog of Google Chrome in terms of popularity, its user base has grown, at least in certain markets.
Research conducted by TechRadar Pro in partnership with Perimeter 81, Microsoft Edge found the web browser of choice for 37.77% of companies, beating the 33.01% slice owned by Google Chrome.
Microsoft has been consistently active in rolling out new features for the browser.
Among which “new synergies” with the rest of its product suitewhich it says helps users to continuously switch between windows when performing tasks.