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Chrome 54 Uses Microsoft Optimisation for Faster Startup, Load Times on Windows

Chrome 54 Uses Microsoft Optimisation for Faster Startup, Load Times on Windows
Highlights
  • New tab page loads 14.8 percent faster
  • Chrome page loads are 5.9 percent faster
  • Chrome startup time is 16.8 percent faster

Google is ramping up its efforts to make its widely used Chrome browser faster. With this mind, Google has announced the integration of Microsoft's Profile Guided Optimisation to make Chrome up to 15 percent faster on Windows.

This new integration realises which functions on Chrome are used most often, and which aren't. PGO then gives more leverage to the most common functions and optimises them, resulting into faster startup of Chrome and loading of pages. On its blog, Google claims that the implementation of PGO has made new tab page load times 14.8 percent faster, and page load times 5.9 percent faster. Furthermore, Google claims that PGO has resulted in 16.8 percent faster startup time.

(Also see: Chrome Will Consume Up to 50 Percent Less Memory From December, Says Google)

"PGO optimises the memory location of the code, moving rarely-used functions away from frequently-used ones in memory. This results in more optimal use of the CPU instruction cache by avoiding caching of less-used code, increasing overall performance. There are many other tricks that PGO uses to make Chrome faster, and they add up to great results," Google's software engineer Sébastien Marchand explains on the blog.

Google has introduced PGO on the latest 64-bit Chrome version 53 on Windows and 32-bit Chrome version 54 for now. Chrome 54 is already available for desktop, Android, and even Chromebook users. For desktop users, Chrome 54 brings bug and security fixes apart from performance improvements, but notably also changes the way browser handles the YouTube embeds on a webpage page. Chrome 54 on Android will allow users to download webpages, pictures, music, and videos for offline viewing when users do not have proper Internet access. Lastly, Chrome OS 54 introduces some bug fixes, security updates, UI tweaks and new features like Quick View.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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