Microsoft is Working on Speeding Up the Edge Browser, Starting with the Transition to WebUI 2.0

Microsoft has introduced a new user interface processing architecture called WebUI 2.0 which has improved the Edge browser’s efficiency. The company unveiled its effectiveness using one of the browser’s service menus as an example. The announcement was made on the official Microsoft Edge Developer Blog.

Efficiency Boost with WebUI 2.0

Microsoft has transferred the Edge service menu ‘Browser Basic Parameters’ onto the new WebUI 2.0 architecture. The menu displays basic information about the program’s performance, and WebUI 2.0 has sped up its operation by 42%. The enhancement was demonstrated by Microsoft by comparing the functioning of the new architecture with React and WebUI with Javascript. A performance gain of a notable 76% was witnessed on weaker computers that have less than 8 GB of RAM and lack an SSD. Hence, Microsoft plans to transfer other Edge functions onto WebUI 2.0 in the future, including history pages, downloads, and the wallet.

Why WebUI 2.0?

Microsoft discovered that too many Edge components were built on large code bases. The WebUI 2.0 architecture has not only shrunk these sizes but also made the system more modular. Moreover, the architecture now relies on a repository of web components configured for compatibility with modern web engines, Microsoft explained.

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