Microsoft Edge may now load its Browser Essentials up to 76% faster

Microsoft is  working to make the user interface of the Edge browser more responsive. The company has started optimizations with the Browser Essentials tool. The UI is now 42% faster for Edge users and 76% faster on  devices without an SSD or with less than 8GB RAM.

Edge Webui 2.0 Speedup Browser Essentials

This menu, which displays Edge performance information, is now 42% faster thanks to the WebUI 2.0 architecture migration. The video below demonstrates how much faster the Browser Essentials menu loads in WebUI 2.0 compared to React and WebUI with JavaScript.

Microsoft says the menu runs 76% faster on devices without an SSD or with less than 8GB of RAM.

Additionally, the company is increasing the speed of the Edge favorites menu in Build 124, making it 40% faster. Edge history, downloads, and wallet features will also eventually receive the WebUI 2.0 update.

Microsoft said they created WebUI 2.0 after discovering that many Edge components used code bundles that were "too large." WebUI 2.0 changes this by reducing these packages and using a "more modular" architecture.

 This new internal UI architecture is more modular, and we now rely on a repository of web components that are tuned for performance on modern web engines.  We also came up with a set of web platform patterns that allow us to ship new browser features that stay within our markup-first architecture and that use optimal web platform capabilities.

Microsoft added that they are going to open source some of the new packages, allowing developers to build more lightweight websites and make the Internet a better place.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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