Microsoft Edge already has vertical tabs, 'sleeping' tabs to save memory, and up to 40% faster startup

Microsoft Edge has just been updated with a good batch of new features that improve performance and give a twist to the navigation interface. Now we not only have the option to use default vertical tabsInstead, the browser starts faster.

Microsoft says that thanks to the new "startup boost", a function that is activated by default after updating, Edge can now start 29-41% faster. In addition to this, the "sleeping" tabs or waiting tabs will be available to all users in the next few days.

Vertical tabs

Vertical Tabs

This is what vertical tabs look like with the panel hidden

Edge is not the first browser to have vertical tabs, Vivaldi, for example, has offered this option for quite some time, but if you use Microsoft's browser and you are interested in this type of alternative interface, I recommend that you give it a try, especially if you have one. screen with a lot of wide space like ultra wide ones.

To change the vertical tabs mode you just have to do a click on the new icon of a drawer with an arrow that appears in the upper left corner next to your eyelashes:

Horizontal Tabs

The new button to switch to vertical tabs

By default a side panel will be displayed with your list of tabs that you can hide by clicking on the indicator arrow to the left. The side tab list works like the usual tab list, and you can drag tabs from one window to another without problems.

It is an interesting format and that lends itself best to those times when we accumulate a lot of tabs, since the side panel will not shrink and we can always view the page titles to identify them more easily.

Startup Boost and sleeping tabs

Tabs at Rest Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge idle tab settings

Startup boost is a new feature that runs in the background without the need for user intervention. What it does is keep some Microsoft Edge processes running when the browser is not visible.

This allows Edge to launch more quickly when, for example, the Microsoft Edge icon is clicked, a link from another application, or when searching from the search box on the taskbar.

On the other hand, the tabs at rest or "sleeping" are something that many of us already did with extensions, basically "suspend" the tabs that we have open but inactive for a long time to free resources.

Those tabs are "frozen" and return to their original state immediately when you return to them. Microsoft explains that an idle tab consumes 26% less CPU and 16% less RAM memory on average.

You can activate or deactivate the tabs at rest from the Edge System Settings, or by opening directly edge: // settings / system. There you can set how long it should take for Edge to suspend inactive tabs. You can choose from a range of 5 minutes to 2 hours.