Microsoft Edge Is Still More Power Efficient than Chrome and Firefox

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    According to a browser efficiency comparison for Windows 10 version 1809 (which Microsoft posted on GitHub but never advertised), Edge remains the best browser for battery life: measuring the time it took identical Surface Book laptops to run fully through their batteries while streaming HTML5 video in fullscreen, Edge lasted 24% longer than Chrome and 94% longer than Firefox. Despite the browser’s adoption of Chromium, Thurrott believes Edge will retain this strength due to “underlying integration with the operating system.”

    In June 2016, Microsoft reported that Edge provided a 47 percent battery life advantage over Google Chrome. By April 2017, that advantage had fallen to 35 percent. And by May 2018, the advantage had fallen to just 14 percent. So I began theorizing that Chrome battery life might surpass that of Edge by the time Windows 10 version 1809 shipped. But that didn’t happen. So one can only wonder why Microsoft didn’t shout these results to the world as they had previously. Perhaps it has to do with the switch to a new browser engine, which sort of undermines any promotion of the old technology.
     
  2. SvenBent

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    best browser for battery time is a really need trait for laptops
    however one trait is still more important... Best browser for functionality
     
  3. The Mad Atheist

    The Mad Atheist Gawd

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    Still won't use it, so suck it MS and fix your OS!
     
  4. naib

    naib [H]ard|Gawd

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    So I wonder how MS will spin this when edge uses chromium
     
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  5. Paul_Johnson

    Paul_Johnson [H] Admin Staff Member

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    If I had to guess.......

     
  6. Pieter3dnow

    Pieter3dnow [H]ardness Supreme

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    Isn't that in line what they said about Zune as well :)
     
  7. Arcygenical

    Arcygenical Will Watercool for Crack

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    God I hated the UI and scrub wheel on my original zune. Perfect for 3m tracks. Awful for anything longer. Sounded good though
     
  8. opfreak

    opfreak Gawd

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    Yup, lets just use the google unstandardized chrome bowser.
     
  9. maxius

    maxius 2[H]4U

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    but edge is dead long live chrominum
     
  10. potency

    potency Gawd

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    More power efficient - because it makes you want to spend less time on the internet.
     
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  11. ManofGod

    ManofGod [H]ardForum Junkie

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    So? Edge as it is is dead. They are switching to chromium so this information is not at all relevant anymore.
     
  12. Denpepe

    Denpepe [H]ard|Gawd

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    Well I don't know what MS did to edge in 1809 but they seem to have broke it, can't access my providers webmail anymore and CPU usage is pretty high.

    Then again the whole networking thing seems bugged as hell too, been having some strange issues since my pc updated some days ago. Latest intel driver did not fix it.
     
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    Dude, Zune was *almost* perfect.

    Well actually it was total crap, but that's just a little way from perfect. ;)
     
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  14. janis2018

    janis2018 n00b

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    i use firefok it becouse off add-ons who block domens, adversiments, google everyithing
    women dont care much but i do.
     
  15. Jim Kim

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    Too bad firefox doesn't have a spellcheck add-on.:LOL:
     
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  16. aokman

    aokman Gawd

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    Its hard not to be the most battery efficient when it crashes every 5 minutes and has fk all features.
     
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    While Edge is clearly a good browser, none of it matters considering how much of MS' own shit doesn't properly work in it. Like... Sharepoint, Microsoft CRM, and others. Like you need IE11 for Microsoft CRM in a lot of cases thanks to Silverlight.

    What's the fucking point Microsoft?
     
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  18. WinMan_x2000

    WinMan_x2000 Limp Gawd

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    Oh, lookie here. Someone uses a computer not to game and watch movies! Who woulda thought?

    I agree, Edge was good, but their own imposed limitations were mind boggling.
     
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    I use edge simply because it blocks auto play of videos. Chrome doesn't. Firefox did but a couple of sites I visit don't work right in firefox.

    Google makes some decent stuff, but they usually screw it up. I got Android Auto and it worked great, voice commands for music playback worked perfectly along with everything else. Then they decided to have Google Assistant handle all the voice commands and now they only work about 30% of the time. For safety you can't touch the screen too many times in a row, so when voice commands fail you are extremely limited to what you can do.
     
  20. likeman

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    Uses less power because it uses the GPU for decode and render

    Chrome and Firefox have a tendency to use the CPU for decode and sometimes gpu for render (but they do it because tends to be the less buggy way as I do find edge is a little not working on some video sites or get a green frame )
     
  21. frag.machine

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    If nobody uses it, the battery usage goes to 0%, so win ?
     
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    Spell-check is built-in, under Options->Language. I'm constantly fighting with the damn thing over Canadianisms such as "neighbour "!
     
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