If you’ve been trying to find that one extension to stop Chrome from eating all of your system resources, Chrome said their update just did that for you.
If you are like me, you have 3-4 browsers on your computer to help fix whatever system resource problem you have on a daily basis. Some of these browsers look great, but they slow down your work to a grinding halt because you run out of system space.
Google says their new changes to the Chrome browser should fix your problem.
According to a post on Google’s Chromium blog, the change, which went live with Chrome version 57, makes background tabs 25% less busy. This, in turn, should have a considerable impact on a laptop’s battery life, though Google doesn’t state exactly how big.
The change will not affect tabs playing audio or maintaining real-time connections such as WebSockets and WebRTC.
A technical explanation, aimed at developers, of how the new Chrome handles background tabs is available here.
Google says the long-term goal is for background tabs to be fully suspended, with services that need to do stuff in the background relying on new APIs, but we’re not quite there yet. In the meantime, Google will do what it can to make Chrome suck on that battery a little slower.
Chrome 57 is available for download now. If you already have it, it likely auto-updated to the last available version already.
The jury is still out for me, but I did rid myself of the extension I was using to test out this new update. I will keep you updated on the results.
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