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One of the key considerations users make when choosing a web browser is how it performs. How quickly to webpages load, how many tabs can run without dips, and so on. To help users understand the performance of Chromium browsers like Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, Microsoft is launching a new tool.

Known as the Microsoft Performance Tools for Linux-Android, the set of tools – you guessed it – allows users to measure browser performance on those platforms.

“Microsoft-Performance-Tools for Linux-Android is a set of trace processing tooling that delivers many of the great features, power, methodology and ecosystem, that has been used to drive Windows performance for the past 15+ years with an evolving and refreshed toolset.”

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Microsoft points out the tools allow users to measure and monitor how their browser is performing. One example is the trace processing tool, which uses technology Microsoft uses for boosting the performance of the Windows platform.

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This feature offers deeper information on what the app code of the browser is doing in real-time. Microsoft builds the ability on .NET Core and the performance-toolkit-sdk. On the Linux platform, Microsoft provides the following individual tools:

  • “LTTng (Linux Kernel CPU scheduling, Processes, Threads, Block IO/Disk, Syscalls, File events, etc)
  • perf Linux CPU Sampling(cpu-clock)
  • Perfetto Android & Chromium (CPU Scheduling, CPU Sampling, CPU Frequency, FTrace, Android Logs, Generic Events / Default Tracks, GPU Counters)”

Microsoft says, “any program or GUI on any OS can process events with the Microsoft-Performance-Tools SDK & Linux-Android plugins”. The company is already using the toolset internally to measure performance in services like Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2), Microsoft Edge, Windows Subsystem for Android, and Azure Linux virtual machines.

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