Microsoft Edge 102 is now available to everyone and comes with the much-needed performance boost. A new disk caching feature has been added to the Microsoft Edge browser that improves performance and also minimizes the storage footprint.
In Edge 102, Microsoft uses a new variant of disk cache that reduces the amount of storage space required by the browser. Edge compresses disk caches on devices, but it won’t do it for everyone. Microsoft says the compression will only work on those devices that meet the requirements.
The hardware check ensures that the feature is beneficial for everyone. Microsoft officials explained that Edge’s heavy resource usage also reduces system-wide performance and that the company really wants to deliver the “best performing browser possible on Windows.”
Disk caching is a pretty good idea. For those who don’t know, the disk cache is usually used by Edge and other browsers to recover resources from the websites you visit. For example, when you frequently visit the same website, browsers cache the content and then retrieve the resources from the cache on the next visit.
This allows for faster access to the same content at a later date, as Edge does not need to download the content from the website again. Loading cached resources 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 default caching feature.
If you already have Microsoft Edge 102 installed, you can try the feature now. According to Microsoft
Improvements are 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 that support for basic security enhancements is now enabled by default.
For those who don’t know, the basic security enhancements feature adds security protection to less visited sites. When the functionality is enabled, Microsoft Edge disables the Just-in-time compiler (JIT) on unpopular or unknown sites, making Windows 11’s default browser more secure.
Disabling the Just-in-time compiler (JIT) reduces the risk of security breaches, according to Microsoft.
This feature is already available in Edge, but is 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 is getting new tools and better performance as the company continues to work on new multitasking features.