Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Whenever I have a tab open with Hotmail running in Chrome, it takes up a large chunk of memory (around 250 M). I've had the account for a long time, so I have a ton of email messages stored in it. I'm assuming the Hotmail interface is caching a significant number of messages to allow for fast opening, though I've never found any evidence to back this up.

Is there a setting in Hotmail to prevent it from caching so many messages all at once?

share|improve this question
Have you tried disabling extensions and seeing if it is a problem? In particular Adblock and Facetime have reportedly caused problems - productforums.google.com/d/topic/chrome/ribl1h8iSoM/discussion – John C Aug 2 '12 at 9:03
@JohnC Hotmail still works, though. It just eats memory. I have AdBlock, but it doesn't seem to be affecting the amount of memory being used by that tab. – jonsca Aug 2 '12 at 9:51
up vote 1 down vote accepted

On an absolute lark, I tried out their new Outlook.com (from the "Options" menu), and the memory usage seems to have dropped from 250M down to 143M.

I'm not sure if the newer site uses a different framework or if they are doing something differently with the message caching, but this seems like a good solution for the time being.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.