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Google Chrome could find a home on memory-strapped PCs again

Google has announced the next major version of its Chrome web browser will significantly lower demands on your PC.

Chrome 55 comes out on December 6 and will consume up to 66 per cent less RAM than Chrome 53, according to Google’s tests.

The company said it has tested the new V8 memory optimisation technology on sites like YouTube, Reddit and the New York Times.

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The company wrote on the V8 blog (via CNET): “Memory consumption is an important dimension in the JavaScript virtual machine performance trade-off space. Over the last few months the V8 team analyzed and significantly reduced the memory footprint of several websites that were identified as representative of modern web development patterns.”

Most noticeably, the average V8 heap memory consumption of the mobile New York Times benchmark reduced by about 66%. Overall, we observed a 50% reduction of average V8 heap size on this set of benchmarks.”

Will this encourage you to alter your browsing habits or give Chrome another chance?

Earlier this month, the company built-in Cast support for the first time.

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