A more helpful Chrome, throughout your workday

Mute notifications when presenting 

Later in the day, I had a few meetings back to back. First up was a team meeting where I presented the latest designs for an upcoming feature. Luckily now, when presenting or sharing Chrome windows, Chrome mutes all notifications, so there’ll be less distraction. When done, they unmute. This new feature makes me laugh out loud, because it brings back a memory from years ago when I was presenting and a news notification for “Cougar Sighting on Campus!” leapt onto my screen and completely distracted me and the audience. True story!

Performance matters

Later, I moved to the patio to enjoy the sun, check my plants for aphids and finish up some remaining bits of work.

Sitting in my patio chair, using battery power, Chrome is still zipping right along with my tasks and I work longer without feeling my laptop get too hot. This is because recent performance improvements have decreased Chrome CPU usage, which often means more battery life, less fan noise and less heat. Chrome now reclaims up to 100MB per tab, which is more than 20% on some popular sites. 

Getting a bit nerdy with some new data: for Mac, we’re seeing up to 65% improvement in Energy Impact when active tabs are prioritized over tabs you aren’t using. This means up to 35% reduction in CPU usage and up to 1.25 more hours of battery life, with similar results on Windows, Chrome OS and Linux. And on Android, Chrome starts up 13% faster even with lots of tabs open.

Last but not least, we’re soon launching tab freezing for collapsed groups. This means when groups are collapsed (and tabs are hidden), the tabs inside use less memory and CPU, making your computer quicker. And right now, I have 11 groups collapsed with 64 tabs inside, so that’s awesome . This feature is coming soon to beta.

If you want to learn more about our work to improve Chrome’s performance, check out our series, The Fast and the Curious, on the Chromium blog.