I think you’ll agree with me when I say the tech in our devices today is off-the-charts good, though battery life continues to be a pain point for most consumers. There are ways to get more out of your gear, of course, and Microsoft reckons you can increase your computer’s or tablet’s usage time by up to 70 percent using its default web browser for Windows 10. (To be clear, we’re referring to Microsoft Edge, not Internet Explorer.)
In a recent blog post, Jason Weber, director of the web platform team for Microsoft Edge, shared why Edge might be the most battery-efficient browser out there, based on Microsoft’s internal testing.
We designed Microsoft Edge from the ground up to prioritize power efficiency and deliver more battery life, without any special battery saving mode or changes to the default settings. Our testing and data show that you can simply browse longer with Microsoft Edge than with Chrome, Firefox, or Opera on Windows 10 devices.
To come to that conclusion, Weber and his team compared Edge with three leading internet browsers — Chrome, Firefox, and Opera — across three different metrics. The first experiment was a test of power consumption in a controlled environment; the second examined crowd-sourced telemetry data from millions of Windows 10 devices; and the third measured how long the battery would last when used for streaming HD video.
In the last test, Google’s Chrome browser lasted just four hours and 19 minutes, compared to seven hours and 22 minutes on the Surface Book running Edge. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s browser bested the competition in the other metrics.
Microsoft’s findings, while encouraging, are skewed towards making Edge look good (and making Chrome look a lot like malware). However, Edge still lacks some key features like browser add-ons which you’d find in Chrome and Firefox.
Microsoft is looking to add some new functionality to Windows 10, including browser add-ons for Edge, when the Anniversary Update is released next month. Until then, I’ll continue to use Chrome as my daily driver.