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Google Chrome on Windows 10 might soon consume less memory


Google Chrome is notorious for RAM consumption, especially on Windows since its early days. Thankfully, it is going to get a fix after these many years. The latest Windows 10 May 2020 (20H1) update brings new segment heap memory improvements. Win32 applications like Google Chrome that make use of it will able to reduce their overall memory usage.

The new ‘SegmentHeap’ value introduced by Microsoft for developers in the latest Windows 10 update is a modern heap implementation. According to the Redmond-based company, it will “will generally reduce your overall memory usage” on machines running Windows 10 version 2004 or newer.

The software giant also confirmed that it has already started using this new SegmentHeap value its latest Chromium-based Edge browser. It also mentions that memory usage has bee reduced by 27% as per early tests on Windows 10 May 2020 update.


In the same manner, developers of Google Chrome can also make similar changes to benefit from this new implementation. Fortunately, a comment has been recently spotted on Chromium Gerrit, which reveals the changes to follow soon.


According to it, the new segment heap instead of legacy heap “could save hundreds of MB in the browser and Network Service utility processes”.

Having said that, it is not sure when it will be implemented in the Google Chrome stable channel.

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