According to battery tests performed on portable computers, Microsoft’s Edge browser defeated Google’s Chrome and it’s more efficient even than Firefox and Opera. Google did everything possible to change that and released Chrome 53, the improved version of the popular browser, with a new material design and battery life improvements, but it seems that the efforts were not enough to beat Edge.
Microsoft has conducted a new series of battery tests in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, build 14393.105, and the results were in Edge’s favor. The tests were performed on three Surface Books that were connected to a wireless network and the team measured the power consumption of the processor, graphics processing unit and Wi-Fi antenna, using onboard Maxim chips and the extracted information was analyzed using the Performance Monitor (Perfmon).
Only the latest versions of Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Opera were tested and Microsoft’s browser came out as a winner, offering 43% more battery life. The Windows team took into consideration the benchmark test carried out by Google on its Chrome 53, in which the company demonstrated that the browser had been improved and was more efficient than the older versions. However, Microsoft has proved that its Edge browser can last 90 minutes longer than Chrome 53, so it holds the power consumption crown.
“Microsoft Edge remains the most efficient browser on Windows 10, offering 24 to 43 percent more efficiency across a sample of typical activities including video playback, multi-tab productivity, shopping, social media, and more. We repeated our Netflix streaming test on the Anniversary Update, and Microsoft Edge lasts up to 23 to 69 percent longer than the other browsers we measured.”
Unfortunately, there are many Windows users who don’t make Edge their default browser, and they prefer Chrome or Firefox for various reasons. Truth being said, Edge has other serious problems: it consumes more RAM when running in the background and freezes a lot more often than Chrome.
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