Microsoft Edge – Consuming Less Energy Than Chrome

Microsoft Edge is deemed as a new web browser from the tech firm, but many people think of it as a spiritual successor to Internet Explorer. In fact, both browsers have quite the similar looking icons. But that’s not all that “changed” with the new application, as it is now more energy efficient, even when comparing to other browsers from other developers. Therefore, should you want to make total use of your computer’s battery life, especially when you’re using a laptop, then you would want to use Microsoft’s new browser instead of its competitors.

Microsoft Edge - Consuming Less Energy Than Chrome

Use Microsoft Edge to Make the Most Out of Your Computer’s Battery Life

The tech firm established a battery consumption test when using various browsers within an official blog post; in said test, it pitted Microsoft Edge with Google Chrome, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox in terms of energy efficiency.

Within a series of controlled lab tests, the aforementioned web browsers were made to surf various websites such as Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Amazon, and YouTube. The applications were all in their default settings, and there were new tabs opened for each website. Another source of data was telemetry information from millions of machines around the globe that are running on Windows 10. As for the third source of data, the four browsers were made to compete head-to-head with a video while the laptops were not plugged into a wall socket. The company just waited it out until every machine ran out of juice. It is to be expected that with these tests, the Microsoft Edge browser stood out on top.

The tests showed that using the Edge browser gave Windows 10 users 36 to 53-percent more battery life. However, the tests do not stop there as Microsoft wanted to prove more about the power that their browser possess. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, it is expected that the patch will include an update for the browser that will streamline the energy footprint of the browser even further. These are improvements with regards to the efficiency of the background tabs. For this trick to happen, the browser will execute JavaScript requests into the background tabs only once per second.

In a photo tweeted by Windows Blogs, the laptop running on the Microsoft Edge lasted for 7 hours, 22 minutes, and 7 seconds. As for the other competing web browsers, the 2nd placer is that of Opera with 6 hours, 18 minutes, and 33 seconds, the Mozilla Firefox came in 3rd with 5 hours, 9 minutes, and 30 seconds, and the machine with Google Chrome running came in last with 4 hours, 19 minutes, and 50 seconds.


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