Microsoft is determined to have the last word as far as power management in browsers are concerned vis-a-vis usage in laptops. The creators of Windows 10 just released another test result that shows that their Edge browser, is really the best at managing power in laptops. This latest result was released to mark the anniversary of Windows 10.
Here is a bit of context. Back in June, Microsoft started the browser wars when it declared Edge browser as the best browser to use if you want to spend a lot of time powering your laptop with your battery. The results was given a lot of publicity at that time.
However, the first to react was Opera. Opera debunked the claim of Microsoft on so many levels. For one, they said Microsoft’s test was not done independently. According to them, such a result was likely to be tilted in favor of the sponsors. In this case Microsoft and Edge.
Secondly, Opera claimed their own tests, which are more credible and done before Microsoft did theirs, showed Opera’s browsers were more power efficient.
It took a while before Google pitched in for their own Chrome browser. It came with the updated Chrome 56 which would be released in the new year. According to the technical details, the browser has been optimizes to use power efficiently.
That is the background of the latest statement from Microsoft concerning the Edge browser.
Though there are many major web browsers out there, it is understandable that Microsoft chosed to reply Google instead of Opera whose claims were more damaging and directly mentioned Edge. Fact is, Google’s Chrome is the software to beat and so Microsoft are doing all that is possible to undermine Chrome.
Microsofts browser-test result
Making the claims in a blog post, Microsoft said:
Back in June, we shared a look at Microsoft Edge’s industry-leading efficiency, which allows Microsoft Edge users to rely on more battery life than the other browsers we tested. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we made a number of additional improvements to make Microsoft Edge last even longer, and today we’re rerunning our tests with the latest version of each tested browser to see how things match up.
At the risk of giving away the ending, the results may look familiar! With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft Edge is more efficient than ever, and still the best choice for extending your battery life on Windows 10 – up to 24%-43% more efficient than the competition for general purpose browsing, and lasting up to 23%-69% longer when streaming video.”
Going through the long blog post, certain things are immediately clear :
- Microsoft tried hard this time around to convince the world of the credibility of their tests. Perhaps, this is a way to shut up Opera without actually letting the world know they have issues with Opera.
- You get the impression Microsoft is trying very hard to convince the world that the best feature a browser can have is how long it can work on battery power alone.
- Apart from the power management issue, all the other aspects that were being improved upon in the latest update seem rather common. These are things other browsers take for granted. In effect, Microsoft is implying that Edge just caught up with other browsers in terms of how feature-rich it is.
I don’t know how long Microsoft is going to thrash this issue of battery life in laptops. What is the the point. Nobody would suddenly wake up and decide switch over to Edge because of the power issue. Maybe a few would. But it won’t make much difference to Chrome as the best browser.
There is a reason people install install Chrome almost immediately after buying a new laptop. Chrome is far better than whatever Microsoft is trying to sell.
Microsoft should just concentrate on making Windows 10 very very good. At least, let us not repeat the debacle of Windows 8. And while they are at it, they can also think about making the Edge browser a standalone software and not something that is bundled only for Windows 10 systems.
You can watch the video of the test below:
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