Microsoft Edge 102 is now available for everyone and it comes with some much-needed performance relief. A new disk caching feature has been added to the Microsoft Edge browser that improves its performance and minimizes the footprint on the storage as well.
In Edge 102, Microsoft is using a new variant of disk cache that reduces the amount of storage the browser requires. Edge compresses disk caches on devices, but this won’t happen for everyone. Microsoft says the compression works only on those devices that meet the eligibility.
The hardware check ensures that the feature is beneficial for everyone. Microsoft officials explained heavy resource usage by Edge also reduces the performance of the entire system and the company really wants to deliver the “best performing browser possible on Windows”.
Disk caching is a pretty neat idea. For those unaware, the disk cache is typically used by Edge and other browsers to restore resources from the websites that you browse. For example, when you visit the same website frequently, browsers cache the content and then fetch the resources from the cache memory on the next visit.
This enables faster access to the same content at a later time as there is no need for Edge to download the content from the website again. Loading resources from the cached memory is often faster than downloading the same resource from the network.
This new disk caching feature is currently exclusive to Edge for Windows 11, Windows 10 and Windows 7/8.1. Users on Linux or Mac will only benefit from the existing standard caching feature.
If you’ve already installed Microsoft Edge 102, you can try out the feature right now. As per Microsoft
Improvements coming to Microsoft Edge 102
The next version of Microsoft Edge is expected to ship with some minor feature tweaks and the usual improvements. One of the new features is support for basic security enhancements are now enabled by default.
For those unaware, the basic security enhancements feature adds security protection to less visited sites. When the functionality is turned on, Microsoft Edge disables the Just-in-time compiler (JIT) on unpopular or unknown sites, thus making making Windows 11’s default browser more secure.
Disabling the Just-in-time compiler (JIT) reduces the chances of security breaches, according to Microsoft.
This feature is already available in Edge, but it’s turned off by default. In the next update, Edge Basic security mode will be enabled by default.
In addition to these quality improvements, Microsoft Edge’s sidebar will be getting new tools and better performance as the company continues to work on new multitasking features.