What, you thought the Microsoft Edge team would let 2016 slide by without adding at least one more feature to the browser? The browser just picked up another important support.
Ahead of the launch of the Creators Update next year.
Dedicated Edge users will be pleased to know that the browser now has support for Google’s open source Brotli compression algorithm implemented — this is a successor to the Zopfli algorithm that has been a standard on browsers for some time now.
Maintained by Google, Brotli was first released in 2015, although not as a standalone algorithm unlike, say, gzip. Instead, it was billed as an offline compression solution for the WOFF2 font format.
But it soon found home on other browsers like Firefox, Chrome, and Opera, in just a few months.
As revealed by Microsoft Senior Program Manager Rob Trace:
“When used as an HTTP content-encoding method, Brotli achieves up to 20 percent better compression ratios with similar compression and decompression speeds (PDF). This ultimately results in substantially reduced page weight for users, improving load times without substantially impacting client-side CPU costs.”
So, what are the benefits, you ask?
Microsoft Edge should now load webpages faster thanks to this new compression algorithm, while at the same time lowering data and power consumption while browsing the web.
All features and improvements that make Edge an even more capable browser than what it started this year with. It certainly has come a long way, Microsoft’s new default web browser for Windows 10, and if the next year is anything like this, the solution will just grow from strength to strength.
Hopefully, it also reflects in the market share, too.