Microsoft’s experiments show that Chrome is the worst browser, in terms of battery life

By Saad Mughal on
June 20, 2016
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Microsoft has conducted a series of battery test experiments to show which browser is the most battery efficient. The experiments were conducted with the browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera. According to the experiments, Chrome drains the most battery while Edge drains the least.

Laptop users that have Chrome setup as their primary browser know that the browser is one of the least efficient options when it comes to battery life. Microsoft’s battery tests confirm this. Google has, time and time again, promised to improve Chrome’s battery life performance. However, none of the fixes that Google has come up with so far have been effective.

Coming back to the experiments, Microsoft conducted 2 tests for the measuring a browser’s power consumption. The first test measured the battery time while browsing through popular websites. The test automated processes such as opening websites, opening new tabs, scrolling through articles, and watching videos. The second experiment measured how long a laptop lasts while streaming an HD video with the chosen browser. The test was conducted for with four identical laptops but different browsers on each of these laptops.

Chrome had the worst battery time with the tests. Scoring a time of only 4 hours, 19 minutes, and 50 seconds. Firefox clocked 5 hours, 9 minutes, and 30 minutes while Opera clocked 6 hours, 18 minutes, and 33 seconds. Edge was, by far, the leading performer in the tests with a battery time of 7 hours, 22 minutes, and 7 seconds.

Edge

These experiments and their public release is definitely a move taken by Microsoft to turn people over to Edge. However, Microsoft Edge still lacks behind in some rich features offered by browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. To counter this, Microsoft has announced that it will be adding a whole bunch of new features (such as browser plugins) to Edge with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

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