Windows 10 20H1 update will fix Chrome’s biggest issue

    Microsoft said that  this feature led to a memory usage reduction of up to 27%.
    By HT TECH
    | Updated on Jun 19 2020, 02:15 PM IST
    Microsoft has already rolled out the update to Edge.
    Microsoft has already rolled out the update to Edge. (REUTERS)
    Microsoft has already rolled out the update to Edge.
    Microsoft has already rolled out the update to Edge. (REUTERS)

    Microsoft released its biggest and most crucial update to Windows 10 last month. The update, dubbed as Windows 10 May 2020 update or simply Windows 10 20H1 update, has started arriving on some PCs. Now, word is that this update will fix Google Chrome’s memory consumption issues.

    Microsoft, as noted by Windows Latest, says that the Windows 10 H120 update brings a useful value called “SegmentHeap indicates” to the OS that reduces the memory consumption of some apps, including Chrome web browser.

    The company says that value SegmentHeap indicates that segment heap will be used. ‘Segment heap is a modern heap implementation that will generally reduce your overall memory usage’ and this update works on Windows 10, version 2004 and later.

    The company in a separate blog post said that it has already modified its Chrome-based Edge web browser to use SegmentHeap. It also said that the change led to a memory usage reduction of up to 27%.

    Apart from Edge, Google’s Chrome web-browser will also adapt the new feature. A Google engineer in a commit said that using SegmentHeap entry to the chrome.exe manifest will allow Windows (20-04 and beyond) to use the segment heap instead of the legacy heap.

    “Experiments with per-machine opting-in to the segment heap for chrome.exe suggests that this could save hundreds of MB in the browser and Network Service utility processes, among others,on some machines,” the engineer noted.

    That said, both Google and Microsoft said the Individual device performance will vary based upon configuration and usage. However, ‘lower memory usage is expected to create a better experience.’ This means that, while the individual machine performance may be slightly less or more than 27% but it will definitely reduce the memory consumption. At this point it remains to be seen when these updates will land on Chrome.

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    First Published Date: 19 Jun, 02:15 PM IST
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