Using a power-efficient browser is one of the best ways to get more out of your PC or tablet. But, unfortunately, poor power efficiency is one of the most troubling problems a laptop user faces. On Monday, Microsoft decided to prove to everyone that its own proprietary browser might be the best in the market for your battery.
Entering the battleground of today’s leading web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera, with its new revamped Edge browser, Microsoft has launched a video test that shows why using Chrome, Firefox or Opera on your laptop might be a bad idea. They compared the battery life of laptops running Edge, with the battery life of laptops running other three browsers.
To do the test, Microsoft ran the Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera browsers on the Surface Book. Then, they automated each browser to perform the same series of activities. The Chrome browser was the first to lose, which just lasted 4 hours and 19 minutes. The second one to lose the game was Mozilla Firefox, which lasted for a little more than 5 hours approximately. Opera, with its new battery saver feature, also stayed in the game for 6 hours 18 minutes before giving up. However, the video test declares the Edge browser as the winner, with it lasting up to 7 hours 22 minutes before draining the battery of the Surface Book.
Hence, this controlled environment battery test shows that Edge gives you up to 36%-53% more battery life as compared to other alternatives.
Microsoft, which has been busy conducting its own series of battery test experiments, is using its Edge web browsers as one of the major selling points of Windows 10. Microsoft is also promising even more power-saving enhancements with the Anniversary Update to Edge. However, the company’s new browser still lacks some features that you’d find in Chrome and Firefox.