Thursday April 13, 2017

Microsoft Edge Beats Chrome by over Three Hours in New Battery Usage Test

In a video performance test, the Microsoft Edge team measured the time it took three identical Surface Book laptops to run through their batteries while streaming from Vimeo in fullscreen and found that Edge lasted 77% longer than Firefox and 35% longer than Chrome. They also claim that Edge used 31% less power than Chrome and 44% less power than Firefox in a normal browsing test. Which company will be the first this time to say that Microsoft is full of it?

The same thing happened last year, in June, when a similar test showcasing Edge's longer battery life was met with responses from both Google and Opera. Not giving up on its claims, Microsoft re-ran the test in September, also publishing the testing procedure on GitHub, with the release of BrowserEfficiencyTest, a Selenium WebDriver that automates common user browsing operations, such as looking through a Facebook feed, going through some emails, and browsing the news. The September test was done on clean Windows 10 Anniversary Update (build 14393.105) version, while the new test, performed this month, was run on three identical Surface Book laptops running Windows 10 Creator's Update (build 15063).