According to statistics, it seems that less than 1 in 6 PC users run Microsoft Edge, but the company is not ready to give up the browser battle in favor of Google’s Chrome. The latter managed to have approximately 60% market share.
Microsoft has been attempting to sell the battery life advantages for the native Windows 10 browser for many years. But, at the same time, Chrome and Firefox, both got updated in order to address this problem. So it’s pretty obvious that Microsoft had to catch up.
Edge on the Fall Creators Update is a battery friendly browser
The company launched a brand new video showing that with the Edge browser included in the Fall Creators Update, users will be able to stream videos up to 63% longer compared to Firefox and 19% longer compared to Chrome.
In other words, this can make the total difference between being able to watch a complete Netflix movie until the end or to have an annoyingly abrupt ending.
Microsoft did not really document the methodology
Unfortunately, Microsoft did not document the whole methodology enough, and the company did not give an example of the source of the streaming video is, and it didn’t say what resolution the video has either. Microsoft didn’t say what build of each browser it was referring to and it didn’t address the issues that could significantly affect the result. All these can result in protests from users.
The company will most likely try to sell all these results in Windows 10 pop-ups, this way urging clients to switch to Edge for battery life-related benefits. This may bring a concern regarding unfair, anticompetitive practices.
If we also take into consideration the low usage of Edge, we can’t tell how many users will let themselves to be convinced that switching to it is for the best.
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