The new Microsoft Edge update comes with a basket of goodies, including a new feature that significantly reduces the browser’s CPU and RAM dependence. This means that the newly tuned Edge may consume less battery than usual. In addition to the new Productivity Mode perk, the Edge update adds new features that will delight both bargain-hunting online shoppers and security-conscious users.
New Microsoft Edge update improves battery life, adds password monitoring, and more
The aforementioned Efficiency Mode feature kicks in when your battery is low; Edge will consume fewer system resources, allowing you to get the most out of your battery runtime. However, Microsoft warns that the benefits of this feature depend on the user’s browser usage and tasks.
You can turn on efficiency mode by navigating to settings and clicking on system and performance. Under Optimize performance, you can choose when to activate efficiency mode: never, always, unplugged, or unplugged (low battery).
While Microsoft is working hard to help you save battery life, it’s also working to implement a new feature to help you save money. The Redmond-based tech giant is adding a built-in price tracker to help shoppers keep tabs on price hikes and dips.
“You just browse as you normally would, and Microsoft Edge will let you know if the price of any item you’ve recently viewed has changed,” said Microsoft Corporate Vice President Liat Ben-Zur. “This way you don’t have to check every product in person, especially during the holidays when your online shopping list can be long.”
You also need to make sure your password is secure when you shop online. Otherwise, hackers like Grinch could hijack your account and use it for malicious purposes. That’s why Microsoft took a page out of Google Chrome’s playbook and introduced a new “Easy Password Update” feature that will tell you if your credentials have been compromised. If your passwords are exposed through a breach or other breach, Simple Password Update provides a seamless change pipeline.
“With the password generator, Microsoft Edge will even create a brand new strong password for you and save it to continue monitoring on your behalf,” Ben-Zur said. However, the password monitoring feature is only compatible with a limited number of sites. Microsoft says it will roll out support for more platforms in the coming months.
Google Chrome already offers most of these new features, but the market-dominant browser better be careful – Edge is not far behind.