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Microsoft says its Edge browser is best for battery life

By Shawn Knight ยท 9 replies
Jan 2, 2018
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  1. Microsoft as of late has been operating under the assumption that battery life in a mobile computer is of the utmost importance. If you share those same sentiments, the results of Redmond’s recent browser efficiency testing may be of interest.

    Using three identical Surface Book laptops running Windows 10 build 16299, Microsoft recently conducted tests to see how long it would take the systems to deplete their batteries while streaming HTML5 video in fullscreen mode using the latest versions of today’s most popular web browsers.

    According to Microsoft, Edge 16 bested the competition across the board with an average normalized runtime of 16 hours and 41 minutes. That’s 29 percent longer than Chrome, 40 percent longer than Opera and 79 percent longer than Firefox.

    Although consistent across each test platform, Microsoft’s methodology may not jive with most real-world scenarios. For example, the volume was set to mute, Bluetooth and location settings were turned off and the ambient light sensor was disabled. Full details on the first-party battery testing can be found over on GitHub.

    Microsoft staged a similar test in April 2017, again to highlight the superiority of Edge over the competition as it relates to battery life. Those claims were put to the test by Linus Tech Tips a few months later with the publication coming to a different conclusion.

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  2. Dustyn

    Dustyn TS Booster Posts: 103   +40

    Microsoft... are you sure it's not Internet Exploder?
  3. MikeK

    MikeK TS Rookie

    I have to say I have been enjoying Edge lately. I just don't like the bookmark manager, I use Bookmark OS instead
    Teko03 likes this.
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,977   +2,281

    Yeah, just like the Windows Update Service in Windows 10 Home is good for battery life! Now that I have disabled that on my laptop, my battery charge lasts weeks longer than it did with that service running.

    I suppose, though, that if running Edge on a battery powered device lasts longer than it does running the Windows Update Service, that is a good measure for M$ to use.

    Batter life in a mobile computer is important to M$? What a joke! I would expect nothing less from M$ marketing. I would not be surprised if M$ was saying this because Edge is M$ spyware and the data they gather is up for sale! Sauce for the unwary M$ geese!
  5. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 406   +124

    Yes, they've been saying stuff like this for decades. It doesn't matter. Edge sucks.
  6. Opera also has a battery saving feature. Wonder if they turned that off.
    Athlonite likes this.
  7. Athlonite

    Athlonite TS Booster Posts: 135   +33

    I was Wondering the same thing
  8. lazer

    lazer TS Addict Posts: 235   +56

    Oh, yeah, sure....

    we can believe Micro$lop.

    ha aha ha aha haha hahahahahaha

    A company known for second rate crap but marketing as first quality stuff......
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,386   +5,014

    Who here thought they would say Firefox or Chrome was best for Battery Life? Come on, be honest!
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,944   +3,993

    Well Cliff, I was going to say exactly that, just because I knew it would get a rise out of you.

    M$ is here for us Cliff, let's rejoice in that knowing! (y);)

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