Microsoft Edge, the Windows 10 default browser, may not be your popular choice for web browsing but has been revealed to be the most power efficient in comparison to Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera, according to latest lab tests conducted by Microsoft.
In their latest blogpost, the Redmond giant boasts that the Edge browser gets you as much as 70 percent more battery life than Google Chrome and 43 percent as much battery than Firefox on a laptop.
Microsoft backed Edge power-saving capability claims with three separate tests. The first measured browser power consumption in a controlled lab environment. The test used Surface Books browsing with Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Opera which were connected to specialized power monitoring equipment. Each device browser performed THE same tasks, ?opening websites, scrolling through articles, and watching videos, opening new tabs for each task using websites such as Facebook, Google, YouTube, Amazon, Wikipedia and more.?
The tests showed Edge as the most energy efficient browser on Windows 10 ?with up to 36%-53% more battery life to get what you need done.? Microsoft went a step further measuring how long each system runs by measuring the power draw of the Wi-Fi, CPU and GPU during its test workload, according to Ars Technica. A task that drew 2.1W in Edge pulled 2.8W in Chrome, 3.1W in Opera, and 3.2W in Firefox. This lower draw translates to longer battery life.
Another test compared battery life between Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera by running the same high-definition video on a loop to see which of the laptops lasted longer. Google Chrome was the first one to lose lasting only for 4 hours and 19 minutes while Mozilla Firefox lasted for 5 hours and 9 minutes. Opera, with its new battery saver feature also stayed in the game for 6 hours 18 minutes before giving up. Microsoft’s latest browser became a winner as it lasted 7 hours and 22 minutes on a Surface Book system.
Microsoft also measured the battery life on real-world Windows 10 computers and tablets, using anonymized information gleaned from users. Once again Edge performed way better than Chrome and Firefox.
Furthermore, Microsoft added that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will include even more energy efficient improvements such as background tabs, Windows networking, the Edge user interface, and even Flash.
But despite winning in the power management, Edge is still losing the browser war as Net Market Share shows that mere 4.99 percent users used the browser in May 2016 in comparison to 45.63 percent of Chrome users.