Microsoft Aims to Make Edge More Efficient with "Sleeping Tabs"

An image of the Microsoft Edge Beta settings menuCameron Summerson

Everyone wants better battery life from their laptop, right? Well Microsoft is trying to solve this problem with a new feature in its Edge browser called Sleeping Tabs. It freezes or “sleeps” your tabs when you are not actively using them. This equates to improved battery life and reduced charge on your computer as a whole. It is deployed in beta with version 88 or later.

Sleep works the same way as Great Suspender extension in Google Chrome. They both try to be smart by putting inactive tabs to sleep, allowing for more battery life and less memory usage on your computer.

Screenshot of the idle tabs functionality in Edge browserMicrosoft

While Great Suspender is super cool and useful, it’s nice to see similar functionality built right in, no additional extensions required. The Great Suspender and Sleeping Tabs in Edge share similar functionality. For example, you will be able to automatically put a tab to sleep after a defined period of time. And Sleeping Tabs is smart enough that it won’t activate if you’re making a video call, playing audio, or broadcasting your screen.

Microsoft says it will continue to monitor and add other exceptions based on user feedback. If you need to “wake up” or resume a tab, just click on it to pick up where you left off.

Additionally, you can access Edge settings (by typing edge: // settings / system) and manually add sites to a list that you never want to sleep. You will get a visual indicator that will tell you which tabs have been put to sleep.

Hopefully Chrome isn’t too late in implementing a similar feature. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are based on the open-source Chromium engine. Often, Microsoft contributes to the engine by adding features and fixing bugs.

If you want to try the tabs in standby, you will need to be on Edge beta running version 88 or later. It should be noted that even if you are on the beta, you might not see it yet. Microsoft says it is still rolling out the feature. Microsoft’s Edge browser is available for Mac, the Windows, and Linux.

Source: Microsoft via Bleeping computer

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