Everyone wants better battery life on their laptop, right? Well, Microsoft is trying to solve that problem with a new feature in its Edge browser called Sleeping Tabs. What it does is freeze or “sleep”
Sleep works in the same way as the Great Suspender extension in Google Chrome. They both try to be intelligent by putting inactive tabs to sleep, which extends battery life and uses less memory on your computer.
While Great Suspender is super cool and handy, it’s nice to see a similar feature built right in, without the need for additional extensions. Both the Great Suspender and Sleeping Tabs in Edge have similar functions. For example, you have the option to automatically put a tab to sleep after a specified time. And Sleeping Tabs is so smart it won’t turn on if you’re currently on a video call, playing audio, or casting your screen.
Microsoft says it will continue to monitor and add more exceptions based on user feedback. If you need to “wake up” or resume a tab, click it to pick up where you left off.
Plus, you can go to Edge’s settings (by typing in edge: // settings / system) and manually add sites to a list that you never want to sleep again. You get a visual indicator to let you know which tabs are asleep.
Hopefully, Chrome isn’t far behind in implementing a similar feature. Both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are based on the open-source Chromium engine. Microsoft often contributes to the engine by adding features and fixing bugs.
If you want to use sleep tabs for a ride, you must have the Edge beta with version 88 or higher. It’s worth noting that even if you’re on the beta, you may not see it yet. Microsoft says it is still in the process of rolling out the feature. Microsoft’s Edge browser is available for Mac, Windows and Linux.
Source: Microsoft via Bleeping Computer