Chrome 79 Introduces Experimental “Tab Freezing” Feature to Mitigate High CPU/RAM Usage

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Google has released a new Chrome update. Version 79 introduces a couple of useful features, such as Password Checkup and real-time blacklisting of known bad sites, but there’s a particular addition that should please users who are sick of the browser’s rampant memory usage: “Tab Freeze.” What it does is free up CPU and RAM from tabs that haven’t been used for more than five minutes. The feature must be enabled under chrome://flags, however, as it’s still in the experimental phase.

This release comes with security and bug fixes, but also with new features such as built-in support for the Password Checkup tool, real-time blacklisting of malicious sites via the Safe Browsing API, general availability of Predicitive Phishing protections, a ban on loading HTTPS “mixed content,” support for tab freezing, a new UI for the Chrome Sync profile section, and support for a back-forward caching mechanism.


Tsing Mui
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