Microsoft is touting major performance improvements to its Edge browser with its latest Canary build. Thanks to “new toolchain optimizations”, the company says users can expect a speed boost during their general browsing.
The optimizations have been enabled for 64-bit Windows 10 builds and require version 81.0.389.0 or higher. Microsoft says this will translate to a boost of 13% if you’re going by Speedometer 2.0 tests.
“We’d like your help validating these improvements in your real-world browsing as we approach our next Beta release later this month.”
The results are based on a total of ten tests on each browser version, with a Surface Pro 5 and 8 GB RAM. Those with more powerful PCs may not experience as dramatic improvements, but this is good news for anyone on more modest hardware.
We should see this begin to move through the Developer and Beta rings soon, with dev builds coming weekly and beta ones every 6 weeks. Stable will get the improvements whenever Microsoft deems them ready, so regular users could have a little while to wait.
In the meantime, they have the addition of partial mobile syncing to look forward to. The feature rolled out to Canary users on February 4 and includes favorites, passwords, and addresses. It’s possible we’ll see both of these roll out in the same stable build, but we’ll just have to wait and see.