You’ll get faster Surfing with Google Chrome 85 which will include a new compiler called PGO (Profile Guided Optimization). PGO was first introduced with Chrome 83 for Windows using the MSVC (Microsoft Visual C++) environment. Now, with Build 85, it’s rolling out for both Mac and Windows devices using Clang.
Max Christoff, Google’s Chrome 85 Engineering Director, explains the new technology:
“Because PGO uses real usage scenarios that match the workflows of Chrome users around the world, the most common tasks get prioritized and made faster. Our testing consistently shows pages loading up to 10 percent faster at the median, and even greater speed improvements when your CPU is tasked with running many tabs or programs.”
A ten percent improvement is nothing to sneeze at. If you like that, you’ll love what’s coming next. Google Chrome has another improvement in the works and already appearing in the Chrome 86 Beta build called Tab Throttling.
Tab Throttling is a revision with an expectation to decrease the impact of idle background tabs. By recovering some of the system resources devoted to those tabs and redistributing them to active tabs, performance will see another nice boost.
In addition, once the new Tab Throttling change rolls out to all users, we should start seeing gains in battery life. This will be a godsend for anyone using Chrome on a laptop or mobile device.
Kudos to Chrome’s development team for their Faster Surfing with Google Chrome 85. Chrome is far from perfect and has its share of mistakes; however, it’s clear they have a commitment to an exceptional user experience.
That’s good news for everyone.