Web Microsoft claims Edge can use up to 70% less battery power than Google Chrome

Jos

TS Evangelist

Google Chrome is a powerful, flexible browser but it isn’t the most efficient one around. If you are using Windows 10, Microsoft hopes you’ll give Edge a try instead, and is kicking off a campaign touting its power-saving capabilities over Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

The company took four laptops running Windows 10 and ran a series of tests to see which of the four would be most efficient. These tests include an automated cycle of opening sites, scrolling articles, watching videos, and opening new tabs, as well as observing how long the browsers can stream the same high-definition video continuously.

The results suggest Edge offers up to 53% more battery life on the first test, and between 17% to 70% more when it comes to video streaming. Keep in mind these tests are performed on controlled environments, but Microsoft also released telemetry data from tens of millions of real-world devices that shows Edge beating out Chrome and Firefox.

The company goes into more detail in a blog post about how it's building a more power efficient browser. The upcoming Anniversary Update of Windows 10 should bring even more power-saving enhancements for Edge thanks to fewer CPU cycles, less memory consumption, and controls on background activity and Flash ads.

While efficiency is certainly an important metric, Microsoft has a lot of work ahead of itself winning over users from Chrome and Firefox given Edge still lacks common features like extension support among others -- though the latter is coming soon.

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Darth Shiv

TS Evangelist
I'm not going to bother trying it until it has solid marketshare - pretty happy with what I'm running atm!
 

Teko03

TS Evangelist
I'm not going to bother trying it until it has solid marketshare - pretty happy with what I'm running atm!
Waiting for features is one thing, but waiting until everyone else is using it and hopping on the bandwagon? Seriously....
 

Teko03

TS Evangelist
Obviously it uses 70% less, it runs 70% slower too.
Edge is actually quite fast (at least the current preview version w/ Ad Block extension), it just doesn't have much to offer in terms of features. The slowness in the current public release version comes from the boat loads of ad's it has to load. That being said....Edge still has a long way to go in terms of stability.
 

Darth Shiv

TS Evangelist
Waiting for features is one thing, but waiting until everyone else is using it and hopping on the bandwagon? Seriously....
Microsoft browsers have been poor for a VERY long time. Why waste time on them until the market thinks they are ready?
 

amstech

IT Overlord
The biggest mistake they made with Edge, IMO, is the name and icon design. It looks just like the IE icon so its confusing as hell for your average user and the name is so lifeless and generic it has no ooomph (for lack of a better word). They should have used Powerboat names for inspiration. For example: Microsoft Velocity, or Microsoft Thunderbolt (oops wasted that on new connection technology), or Microsoft Banshee.
 

Teko03

TS Evangelist
The biggest mistake they made with Edge, IMO, is the name and icon design. It looks just like the IE icon so its confusing as hell for your average user and the name is so lifeless and generic it has no ooomph (for lack of a better word). They should have used Powerboat names for inspiration. For example: Microsoft Velocity, or Microsoft Thunderbolt (oops wasted that on new connection technology), or Microsoft Banshee.
Microsoft chose a name that started with 'E' because they wanted to keep the blue 'E' as a logo since it's familiar, and it makes perfect sense. Average Joe's have no idea what "Internet Explorer" is, they just know the blue 'E' = Internet, change that and it'll be like taking away the start button as they did on Windows 8.0 ---- no blue 'E', my internet is gone/broken.
 

Odium

TS Enthusiast
Nothin' to do here. Opera already proved that this test was fake. Edge saves battery more than Chrome does but it's nowhere near 70%
 

poohbear

TS Evangelist
The biggest mistake they made with Edge, IMO, is the name and icon design. It looks just like the IE icon so its confusing as hell for your average user and the name is so lifeless and generic it has no ooomph (for lack of a better word). They should have used Powerboat names for inspiration. For example: Microsoft Velocity, or Microsoft Thunderbolt (oops wasted that on new connection technology), or Microsoft Banshee.
U think the average Joe cares? And like Google has such an attractive name? It rhymes with doodle for Christ's sake.
 

Teko03

TS Evangelist
Nothin' to do here. Opera already proved that this test was fake. Edge saves battery more than Chrome does but it's nowhere near 70%
"Fake", not exactly, but they used different browser settings in Opera during their testing. I forget which setting exactly, but Opera disabled a setting which is enabled by default during their browser test.