microsoft edge

Microsoft Edge may not be the most popular out there when it comes to web browsers. However, Microsoft is pushing it further and further and making it better nonetheless.

For example, news has reached the surface with regards to a new Microsoft Edge Preview build, and it promises great performance boosts, especially on Windows 10.

For those of you that have access to the preview builds,  you should first notice these changes with Microsoft Edge build 81.0.389.0 on 64-bit Windows 10.

According to Microsoft, the core improvements were brought by toolchain optimizations. These will result in improved performance in terms of browsing workloads.

How much faster is Microsoft Edge going to be?

Numbers speak louder than words, and it appears that Microsoft Edge build 81 is 13% faster than Microsoft Edge 79.

Of course, these are just some results that Speedometer revealed. In theory, these results should be relevant in real-life scenarios as well. This is because Speedometer replicates basic human browsing habits.

The tests were done 10 times for each version of Microsoft Edge, and you can see the results obtained in the table below:

Test Nr.Microsoft EdgeMicrosoft EdgeMicrosoft Edge
79.0.309.7181.0.410.081.0.403.1
184.696.396.7
285.491.195.7
385.391.795.2
485.39695.5
584.697.695.5
684.997.495.9
785.896.896.2
884.794.496.2
984.896.495.5
1084.394.495.4
Average Results84.8596.1595.6

Microsoft wants you to test the improvements yourself

Following these results, Microsoft launched an open invitation for everyone to test out the improvements nonetheless:

We’d like your help validating these improvements in your real-world browsing as we approach our next Beta release later this month. You can try out these improvements by comparing performance in the latest Dev or Canary builds to Microsoft Edge 80 or earlier.

This piece of news comes as a silver lining on behalf of Microsoft, who has been pushing the Edge browser more and more into user’s faces.

In fact, few can forget the fact that Microsoft even ended up targeting Mozilla users, and giving them hints in the Start Menu that they should replace Firefox with Microsoft Edge.

What’s your take on these latest changes brought to Microsoft Edge? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and we’ll continue the talk.