Microsoft Edge 102 is now available to everyone and provides much-needed performance relief. A new disk caching feature has been added to the Microsoft Edge browser which improves its performance and also minimizes the footprint on storage.
In Edge 102, Microsoft is using a new disk cache variant that reduces the amount of storage required by the browser. Edge compresses disk caches on devices, but that won’t happen to everyone. Microsoft says the compression only works on devices that meet the eligibility requirements.
Hardware verification ensures that the feature is beneficial for everyone. Microsoft officials explained that Edge’s high resource usage also reduces system-wide performance, and the company really wants to deliver the “best performing browser possible on Windows.”
Disk caching is a rather interesting idea. For those who don’t know, disk cache is typically used by Edge and other browsers to restore resources to websites you browse. For example, when you frequently visit the same website, browsers cache content and then fetch resources from the cache on the next visit.
This allows faster access to the same content later because Edge does not need to re-download the content from the website. Loading resources from cache is often faster than downloading the same resource from the network.
This new disk caching feature is currently exclusive to Edge for Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows 7/8.1. Users on Linux or Mac will only benefit from the existing standard caching functionality.
If you have already installed Microsoft Edge 102, you can try the feature now. According to Microsoft
Improvements coming to Microsoft Edge 102
The next version of Microsoft Edge is expected to ship with a few minor tweaks and the usual improvements. One of the new features is support for basic security enhancements which are now enabled by default.
For those who don’t know, the Basic Security Enhancement feature adds security protection to less visited sites. When enabled, Microsoft Edge disables the just-in-time (JIT) compiler on unpopular or unknown sites, making Windows 11’s default browser more secure.
Disabling the just-in-time (JIT) compiler reduces the risk of security vulnerabilities, according to Microsoft.
This feature is already available in Edge, but is disabled by default. In the next update, Edge Basic security mode will be enabled by default.
In addition to these quality improvements, Microsoft Edge’s sidebar will get new tools and better performance as the company continues to work on new multitasking features.