Almost all of us here have probably used Google Chrome before, and most of us are probably still using it right now. If you’ve used Chrome on a laptop, though, you’ve probably seen its ability to quickly and efficiently chew into your battery.
Microsoft is taking that shortcoming of Google’s browser and using it as an attacking point in their latest ad. The ad uses an experiment of how long laptop batteries last in certain situations using multiple popular browsers, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Chrome fell short in most tests while Microsoft Edge did fairly well.
In Microsoft’s testing, Edge also outperformed Mozilla Firefox and Opera, which was a more impressive feat. Opera came close, but Edge still pulled ahead by nearly 20%.
The push for Microsoft Edge makes sense, and so far it’s definitely proving itself as a worthy successor to the terrible Internet Explorer, but it’s still in its infancy and is lacking many features. Extensions and add-ons, for example, are completely absent in Edge but not in Chrome or Firefox. The simpler interface and fewer features probably help Edge score some extra battery life, since there’s simply less code to work with. Whenever Microsoft launches those add-ons to their new browser, that may change, but as of right now if you want the most battery-efficient browser on your laptop, Edge is probably going to be the way to go.