Maxthon vs Chrome: Isolated tabs

Maxthon’s forum admin abc@home, has recently posted an insighful summary of the differences between Google Chrome’s multi-processes feature and Maxthon’s isolator:

Essentially, the anti-freeze technique is to make the user interface (menu, buttons, toolbars etc) independent of the tabs, which contain the browser controls and where problems often arise, and make each tab independent of each other. Chrome uses multi-process to achieve this while Maxthon 2.x uses multi-thread to acheive the same. Yet whether multi-process or multi-thread, it is not possible to be totally independent. There must be inter process/thread communications to be a unity.

Generally processes are more independent than threads. But a thread consumes less resources than a process, and a thread works more efficiently with other threads of the same process than a process working with another processes. Before 2.5.1, the multi-thread technique was limited by the traditional windows framework and did not work as effectively as intended. Maxthon 2.5.1 uses a new windows framework to perfect the implementation.

To read more about the Isolator feature of Maxthon 2.5 visit Maxthon’s official blog.


Two Dot Five

Just as you all thought that this blog was dead and there are no new updates for Maxthon, a beta of an all-new Maxthon 2.5 has been released today, giving me something to post about here, and it IS something!

Maxthon 2.5 is a major update not just because of the big version number but for the new changes done to the tabs; before, even with the multi-threading feature on the browser may freezes for a while If a tab freezes, and the original anti-freeze feature wasn’t exactly perfect; as the tabs were still part of the browser itself.

Now with 2.5, each tab is considered as a seperate window, If a tab hangs, the main interface remains responsive, allowing you to close the tab or reopen it, this also means If a tab crashes it won’t take the whole browser down with it, Maxthon will notify you, too.

For the announcement, download link and changelog, click here.