Yesterday, Microsoft said that it has managed to fix memory issues in the new Chromium-based Edge with the help of the Segment Heap memory management system in Windows 10 May 2020 Update.
Now, it appears Google Chrome will follow suit. In a new commit, a Chrome engineer said that the team would switch to Segment Heap, which would “save hundreds of MB in the browser and Network Service utility, among others, on some machines.”
Despite being the most popular browser on the planet, Google Chrome is infamous for using up massive amounts of PC memory. While Google has put in place certain practices to reduce Chrome’s memory-hogging nature, the problem still exists.
However, switching to “Segment Heap instead of the Legacy heap” may be the Holy Grail that would eventually solve one of the biggest problems of Chrome users.
Windows 10 Segment Heap Memory Management formerly worked for a few Modern apps and a handful of system apps. In the latest Windows 10 2004 update, memory management improvements have been extended to Win32 applications. This would enable several 3rd-party developers to manage memory in their apps more efficiently.
Google says it will begin working on the feature implementation once the team builds Chrome with Windows 10 Build 19041.0 SDK. However, they are unable to proceed for now due to some “mysterious build failures.”
Microsoft said it was able to reduce the RAM usage of the Edge browser by 27% with the help of Windows 10 2004 latest feature. If Google Chrome manages to reduce this much of memory usage, it will be like heaven on earth for its users.