Microsoft is actively working on the development of the Microsoft Edge browser. A couple of days ago we have just got access to the beta preview builds. Microsoft Edge Team recently hosted an AMA session on Reddit. The team unveiled some interesting details about the upcoming improvements in the browser. We got a sneak peek of how the company plans to improve power efficiency in the browser. The company also discussed details about other features in progress.
To start with, the company has made several proposals to improve power efficiency for the new Edge browser. Microsoft announced in the Reddit session that another such proposal is in the pipeline that involves enabling hardware-offloaded audio processing for audio content on Windows.
You might not know that audio processing is an expensive process at the system level. It is generally known as audio offload. According to the proposal, Microsoft plans to use specialized hardware to improve battery life. Here is how Microsoft describes the idea:
To see substantial improvements in battery life, the audio offload must be paired with large audio buffers. If large audio buffers are not used, then the computer’s main CPU must still wake frequently to feed audio from the application to the hardware; by increasing the buffer size, we space out these wakes allowing longer windows of opportunity for the main CPU to stay in a lower power state.
The Reddit AMA session further revealed that Microsoft has not yet decided to support any particular Linux distribution. MS Edge Team confirmed that the company is relying on the feedback of the web developers and users to make a decision. Furthermore, many people stated that they are loving the IE mode. Someone asked about Microsoft’s plans to deprecate Internet Explorer. IE fans might be glad to know that the company has no such plans and Windows 10 will continue to support IE mode.
Microsoft’s Contribution To The Chromium Project Is Driven By Your Feedback
People were also curious to know why Microsoft decided to launch its own Chromium-based browser. In their opinion, this thing hints at Microsoft’s incapability to develop its own software. This is particularly an important question that has been asked over and over again since Microsoft started to contribute to the Chromium project.
In response, the team highlighted the fact that this decision was mainly driven by user feedback. One of the major demands made by the users was of a browser that supports multiple platforms rather than just supporting Windows 10. Additionally, the developer’s community pointed out the problems associated with a separate proprietary engine. Microsoft wanted to reduce the fragmentation on the web for the developer community.
According to Microsoft, it listened to the user’s needs and made a decision to work on an open-source project rather than maintaining their own. The company is yet to announce a release date for the stable channel. Meanwhile, you can head towards the Edge Insiders site to download the latest beta preview.