Google rolled out an update today that should bring some well-needed improvement to the Google Chrome browser. Especially for those who tend to rack up far too many tabs open at the same time.
The new release features a number of improvements, including camera tools and a new/refreshed built-in PDF viewer. However, one of the biggest is the throttling of tabs running in the background. This can help speed up browser performance since it frees up resources, allowing your system to focus on the tabs you are actively working in. Any background tabs (not currently in focus) will be throttled down to use minimal resources so you don’t have a bunch of pages pulling on your CPU all at once.
This makes for a great step in the right direction when it comes to speeding up browser performance and reducing the effect it has on the rest of your system.
Until now, we have usually recommended tools like “The Great Suspender”, a Chrome plugin that is a must-have for anyone looking to reduce the footprint Chrome has on a system. We will still continue to recommend it until Google continues to enhance the way the browser manages resources, but again, this is a step in the right direction. (Update: We no longer recommend this extension have been removed due to malware placed by its new owners)
If you haven’t been offered the update yet, you can manually trigger the update check by clicking on the menu (three dots in the upper-right of the browser), go into “Help” and click on “About Google Chrome”. The about window there is where you can always check for updates manually and kick things off.
Now that Microsoft’s Edge browser is built on the Chromium project, Chrome itself has some solid competition to concern itself with. So you should start seeing some better under-the-hood improvements in the near future (like this one) as they continue to push toward being the most reliable browser out there.