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

By Jos ยท 14 replies
Jun 20, 2016
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  1. 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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  2. vegan garo

    vegan garo TS Rookie

    Of course, EDGE has 70% less goodness than Chrome! ...haha

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  3. trparky

    trparky TS Addict Posts: 246   +115

    Until Microsoft Edge gets extension support I'll keep using Google Chrome. I can't browse the web without uBlock Origin, it's just too damn painful. Once it gets extensions, I'll try it out but not before then.
  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

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

    Edito TS Enthusiast Posts: 69   +9

    Obviously it uses 70% less, it runs 70% slower too.
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  6. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 414   +186

    Waiting for features is one thing, but waiting until everyone else is using it and hopping on the bandwagon? Seriously....
  7. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 414   +186

    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.
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  8. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Maniac Posts: 269   +141

    Took the words right out of my mouth! Word for word.
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  9. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Microsoft browsers have been poor for a VERY long time. Why waste time on them until the market thinks they are ready?
  10. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    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.
  11. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 234   +54

    ...LOL and Google claims Chrome has 70% more users, usefulness and validity as a browser than Edge. Big deal.
  12. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 414   +186

    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.
  13. Odium

    Odium TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +12

    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%
  14. poohbear

    poohbear TS Addict Posts: 149   +83

    U think the average Joe cares? And like Google has such an attractive name? It rhymes with doodle for Christ's sake.
  15. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 414   +186

    "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.

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