Microsoft Edge Browser Gets Fix For Crashing Issue: Microsoft Edge users were in an uproar after earlier this month, with significant numbers reporting that the browser would lock up when they were watching YouTube videos or reading comments on YouTube videos.
The browser would become non-responsive and then, after a time, would crash to the desktop.
Users who opened their task manager to investigate would see that one of their Edge processes had begun to use memory that ran into gigabytes, which would eventually lead to a crash.
For their part, Microsoft acted quickly and released a fix in their testing channel that the company is referring to as “The Canary Fix.” That initial fix was a step in the right direction that resolved the issue for some users, but not for everyone, so the company kept at it. In an unusual move for Microsoft, they even had one of their engineers on Reddit, communicating directly with users and keeping them apprised. On Friday, they released Microsoft Edge 90.0.818.62, which resolved the issue for everyone.
You may not notice if you’re not using YouTube
If you’re an Edge user who doesn’t spend much time on YouTube, you may be unaware of the issue. Even so, if you want to make sure you’re using the latest version, start your browser, go to “Help and Feedback,” and then to “About Microsoft Edge.” At that point, Edge will run an auto-detection routine that will check for updates and install them automatically if you find one.
Kudos to Microsoft for fast action regarding big annoying bug portions of Edge’s user base. While the company has historically not had the best reputation where responsiveness to its user base was concerned, to their credit, they’ve been making great strides in that direction in recent months. That’s a very good sign indeed, and here’s hoping the trend continues.