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Web browser updates see Microsoft Edge getting quicker, while Google Chrome gets new features

Web browser updates see Microsoft Edge getting quicker, while Google Chrome gets new features
(Image credit: Microsoft/Google)

Another week has gone by which means another week of what feels like increasingly ultra competitive updates from both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Has there ever been a time where the best web browsers have been quite so keen to garner our attention on such a regular basis? We're not convinced. This time around, Microsoft Edge has focused on speed while Google Chrome has tackled some key tweaks. 

Google Chrome 91 to give it its full name has provided plenty of security updates but it's also a bit more interesting than that. For instance, you can now copy and paste files into a web page saving you the effort of copying and pasting via the conventional method. It's also possible to search for closed tabs in the Tab Search icon which is bound to be convenient if, like us, you're prone to closing a tab then regretting everything. 

As well as that and in an interesting retro move, Chrome 91 is also bringing back a feature similar to the Google Reader RSS platform of old. It now allows you to follow a website so that any new content will show in a Following section when a new tab is opened. We'll just take a moment here to say it sounds like a fantastic opportunity to keep up to date with all things TopTenReviews related but it's also sure to be handy for other websites too. 

The Google Chrome 91 updates are all suitably useful if not necessarily huge sweeping changes. For sweeping changes, you may want to take a look at Microsoft Edge. This week, the Microsoft Edge team has announced that the browser "will be the best performing browser on Windows 10" bar none. That's due to a significant startup boost and the introduction of sleeping tabs. 

Microsoft Edge web browser

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A startup boost means that Microsoft reckons that its browser launches up to 41% faster than before which is sure to be useful for the impatient amongst us. As well as that, its new sleeping tabs feature is designed to improve browser performance. It works by automatically releasing system resources for inactive tabs so that new tabs can run better without resources being hogged by irrelevant tabs. It's all part of Microsoft's plans for a separate performance mode that's currently in the works.

Of course, we'll all need to see if that 41% improvement is actually noticeable. After all, it's Microsoft citing this statistic and the company is keen to entice people in, but it certainly sounds promising if rather bold. 

For now, it's probably worth trying both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge to see what works best for you. Both web browsers are progressing at such a fast rate, there's sure to be some features you'll end up loving on one or the other. If you're getting a new Windows home computer, it'll come with Edge installed, and we think it's the better browser right now. It's especially good for the best laptops, as it's a much smaller drain on system resources and battery life. If you're going Apple, we'd probably recommend Chrome instead of Safari.