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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?

  • 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
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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.

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