Back when it originally launched in 2008, Google Chrome was one of the lightest Internet browsers out there. Eight years later, this Internet browsing solution is still considered to be one of the best of its kind on the market but it also became infamous for its tendency to mercilessly hog memory. Now, the reason Chrome changed the way it did has a lot to do with the fact that the Internet changed the way it did. In comparison to 2008, modern websites do a lot more stuff and users' habits have migrated from local programs to browser apps. These days, activities like document editing, chatting, and file sharing are almost exclusively done within browsers which consequently means that browsers are expected to handle much more stuff than they did back in the day. In an effort to improve stability, the Chromium team decided to split every Chrome tab, extension, and plug-in into an individual process. What this does is prevents the browser from crashing when a single website, extension, or plug-in does. However, what this also does is consume a lot more RAM given how certain tasks need to be duplicated for each tab. It's a compromise that the Chromium team decided to make in order to offer a stable Internet browsing experience.