Microsoft has claimed its Windows 10’s native Edge browser will make your computer’s battery last longer than its main competitors – and has seemingly proved it by running a comparison with its rivals.
A video published by Microsoft alleges its browser is less battery intensive than Mozilla’s Firefox, Google’s Chrome, or Opera.
When running the web browsers on three “identical” laptops, the company claims the device lasts “70 per cent longer” than the same PC running Chrome. The test saw the laptops running through Facebook, Amazon, Wikipedia and a number of other leading websites as the battery slowly drained on a Surface Book.
What this equates to, in real-world timings, according to the firm, is Microsoft Edge being able to last for 7 hours and 22 minutes. This beat Chrome (4 hours 19 minutes), Firefox (5 hours 9 minutes) and the second best performing browser, Opera on 6 hours 18 minutes.
It is worth noting that the tests were carried out on a Microsoft-made product, and it may have been developed to work more effectively with the Edge browser.
The test from Microsoft compared the browsers across three different areas: power consumption; energy telemetry; and the time lapse video of the battery being completely drained.
In the lab test the Surface Book was connected to power monitoring equipment and the power usage during browsing was recorded.
“For these browsing activities, our tests show Microsoft Edge is a more energy-efficient browser on Windows 10, with up to 36 per cent to 53 per cent more battery life to get what you need done,” the company said in a blog post about its work.