Chrome Should Get ‘Extremely Fast’ at Loading a Whole Lot of Web Pages (cnet.com)

Chrome is going to get a big speed boost — at least for web pages you’ve recently visited. CNET: With a feature called bfcache — backward-forward cache — Google’s web browser will store a website’s state as you navigate to a new page. If you then go back to that page, Chrome will reconstitute it rapidly instead of having to reconstruct it from scratch. Then, if you retrace your steps forward again, Chrome will likewise rapidly pull that web page out of its memory cache. The speed boost doesn’t help when visiting new websites. But this kind of navigation is very common: Going back accounts for 19 percent of pages viewed on Chrome for Android and 10 percent on Chrome for personal computers, Google said. With bfcache, that becomes “extremely fast.”

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