Microsoft is adding startup boost and sleeping tabs features to Edge browser

Microsoft has added two new features to its Edge browser that should improve performance. Startup boost should speed up the browser launch and the sleeping tabs should free up system resources.

The features will appear in version 91 of Edge, which will be released later this week. Startup boost works by freezing a group of browser core processes in the background when starting Windows 10. According to Microsoft, this does not consume more system resources once Edge is running.

Sleeping tabs should improve performance if the user has multiple tabs open. The software then allocates unused tabs less system resources to free them up for the browser. Microsoft promises further improvement by also pausing advertisements to free up memory. Users can specify after how much time the browser should consider tabs inactive and also exclude sites from sleeping tabs.

Microsoft is announcing the features for Edge at its Virtual Build developer conference.