Update Microsoft Edge extends battery life via improved efficiency mode

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Microsoft has improved the Microsoft Edge efficiency mode feature in the latest stable release to increase battery life when the device is unplugged or on low battery.

Efficiency mode rolled out in Microsoft Edge 101 after a testing phase on Surface devices. It minimizes power usage to help save battery life by reducing CPU usage on unused tabs and putting background tabs to sleep following 5 minutes of inactivity (if sleeping tabs is also turned on).

Efficiency mode is a cross-platform feature that works on Windows, macOS, and Linux, follows Battery Saver mode on Windows, turning on at 20% battery on macOS, and requires enabling on Linux devices since it's off by default.

"With our latest improvements, when your laptop detects that you are on battery, efficiency mode kicks in, enabling power saving features when you're both interacting and not interacting with the browser," said Edge Program Manager Allison Pastewka.
"We have made improvements to save you battery not only when unplugged and low on battery but also when just unplugged!"

Edge users can choose between balanced and maximum computer resource savings on systems where the improved efficiency mode has already been rolled out.

When the balanced profile is selected, the web browser will take moderate steps to save battery when unplugged and additional steps when on low battery (which might lead to visible slowdowns while browsing).

On the maximum savings profile, Edge will take the extra steps to increase battery life when unplugged or on low battery, also leading to slower performance.

When additional measures to extend battery life are taken, a filled "heart pulse" icon will be displayed in the Edge toolbar.

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To help users save memory and CPU resources, Microsoft Edge automatically puts tabs to sleep until you return to them. This keeps your browser fast and responsive, even if you use a large number of tabs.

Starting in Microsoft Edge 105, we automatically sleep high resource tabs when your device’s memory is near its limit. In September 2022, we slept 1.38 billion tabs to relieve memory pressure on Windows devices as a part of this update.

When memory usage is too high, many browsers discard tabs to save memory – but those pages must be fully reloaded before you can return to them. Sleeping tabs resume without reloading, so you can return to your work faster. Sleeping a tab saves 83% of its memory on average, so sleeping your high resource tabs can relieve memory pressure without slowing down your workflow in Microsoft Edge.

We’re always listening to user feedback to improve performance! Share your experience or make a suggestion using the “Help and feedback” button under “…” (“Settings and more”). If you have any questions about sleeping tabs visit Learn about performance features in Microsoft Edge.
 

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