Why Microsoft Edge is better than Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft’s Edge Internet browser is more power efficient than Chrome, Firefox, and Opera on Windows 10 devices, said the company.

Microsoft conducted power-efficiency tests on the browsers, with the aim of showing laptop and tablet users that they can get more out of their battery life with Edge.

“Our testing and data show that you can simply browse longer with Microsoft Edge,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft measured the browsers’ power consumption across three dimensions:

  • In a controlled lab environment.
  • Using real-world energy telemetry.
  • Using time-lapse videos of each browser performing the same tasks until the battery dies.

Edge won in all three, said Microsoft.

“We continue to focus on power efficiency with regular updates to Windows 10, and the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will include even more power-saving improvements.”

Power consumption compared

The graph below shows the CPU, GPU, and Wi-Fi power consumption of a Surface Book when the tested browsers were set to execute the same series of activities.

Websites used included Facebook, Google, YouTube, Amazon, and Wikipedia.

Browser power consumption

Microsoft also used telemetry from millions of Windows 10 devices in its tests, and found that Edge delivered a lower power draw than Chrome and Firefox.

Power consumption

The video below details Microsoft’s time-lapse test.

Microsoft Edge lasted 70% longer than Chrome, 43% longer than Firefox, and 17% longer than Opera (with Battery Saver enabled), said Microsoft.

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