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Microsoft Edge Beats Chrome By Over Three Hours In New Battery Usage Test ( 236

An anonymous reader writes: With the launch of the Windows 10 Creators Update and Edge 40 (EdgeHTML 15), Microsoft has released a new battery usage test that, naturally, trashes the company's competition. This new test shows that Edge uses less power than both Chrome 57 and Firefox 52, and is bound to draw a response from its competition, especially Google, who doesn't like it when Microsoft takes a jab at Chrome's efficiency. The same thing happened last year, in June, when a similar test showcasing Edge's longer battery life was met with responses from both Google and Opera.

The most recent tests were performed for the launch of Windows 10 Creators Update. Two tests were carried out until a laptop's battery gave out. For each browser, a minimum of 16 iterations were recorded per test. The first test measured normal browsing performance and the second ran a looped Vimeo fullscreen video. In the normal browsing performance test, Microsoft claims Edge used 31% less power than Chrome 57, and 44% less power than Firefox 52. In the second test, Edge played a looped Vimeo video in fullscreen for 751 minutes (12:31:08), while Chrome lasted 557 minutes (9:17:03) and Firefox for only 424 minutes (7:04:19). That's a whopping three hours over Chrome, and five hours above Firefox.

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Microsoft Edge Beats Chrome By Over Three Hours In New Battery Usage Test

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  • Nobody (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @03:23PM (#54223955) Journal

    Nobody believes you, MS. And even if it were true, Edge sucks so fucking bad that I'd rather have a shorter battery life and a decent browser than that worthless piece of shit browser you've produced.

    • Re: Nobody (Score:5, Interesting)

      by ArmoredDragon ( 3450605 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @03:44PM (#54224121)

      I actually just reformatted my daily driver desktop PC, installing the creator's update, and the new marketing pressure is real.

      The first boot after install loads a cortana screen that doesn't go away until you click the mic mute button, with not one but three prompts to use a Microsoft account.

      When you finally get to the desktop and use edge for the one and only purpose that most people use it for, it doesn't stop there. You type "Firefox download" in the search bar, and the first thing you get is a prompt to stick with edge. After you install Firefox and click to set it as default, the windows 10 default settings applet loads a blank screen (this repeated after multiple attempts.) So to change the default browser, you have to open that settings applet manually. Once you try to select Firefox as your default browser, you get another prompt telling you to try edge first, which you then have to dismiss to finally change the default.

      • I guess that's what 'Creators Update' means, in the spirit of Bill Gates era MS mid 90s......
      • Boy, no wonder Firefox consumes so much power. All those extra screens....
        • by Gr8Apes ( 679165 )

          Boy, no wonder Firefox consumes so much power. All those extra screens....

          And all the extra processing that goes into checking that firefox is running. Maybe it would be better said that win10 creator edition sucks so bad it loses over 3 hours of battery life when running quality software.

      • by Rob Y. ( 110975 )

        Surely an 'innocent bug'. Like how the browser choice function in Windows 7 used to routinely fail to work.

        I assume there's no Metro version of Chrome or Firefox (yet?... ever?). In any case, I wonder whether 'legacy' win32 apps have to jump through hoops on this version of Windows to access the screen or other system resources that Metro apps do not - and whether those hoops drain the battery. It's either that or the websites they're testing on are getting some kind of native video boost that only Edge

      • I'm getting pretty good at hitting the invisible X on the notification to fix my Microsoft account so I can so something with my other Microsoft devices, which number almost but not quite one.

    • The test didn't even compare the battery performance while editing code with VIM followed by compiling it with MinGW.
      Watching video's for hours on end is not something I do. Coding for hours on end is.

    • Right? I think the real news here is that Edge ran for 12 hours without crashing. I'm forced to restart it nearly hourly; not because I have to close it, but because it has crashed or closed itself. As a result, I neither use it, nor believe that it ran for over 12 hours in this test.
    • Re:Nobody (Score:5, Informative)

      by Tharkkun ( 2605613 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @04:26PM (#54224475)

      Nobody believes you, MS. And even if it were true, Edge sucks so fucking bad that I'd rather have a shorter battery life and a decent browser than that worthless piece of shit browser you've produced.

      Actually Chrome is an abomination lately. It's a memory hog. Firefox is performing far better now than Chrome. Google is more worried about its performance in the mobile world and less on the PC. Hell they are the only browser that hasn't restricted javascript from launching in it's own tab. 2 years behind...

      • Kinda makes sense with Android being the most used OS in the world, though yes, not cool.

      • That's fine, memory is cheap. As for Firefox performing far better? We'll have to see some stats. The ones in TFS show Chrome being more efficient already. On the general benchmark category each browser seems to win an equal number. And frankly as someone who uses both, Chrome just seems faster on the interface side.

        Being "2 years behind" in something no one gives a crap about and doesn't have any impact is something people in general are okay with. People in general are also okay with high memory usage pro

    • Have you even used Edge? because its actually pretty good technology.
      Sure, so is Chrome (and Firefox, btw). But that's certainly not a "worthless piece of shit". Very far from it.

      Heck these days when a page doesnt work in Chrome I load it in Edge and I don't even mind it.

      • Really? What actually sets it apart, or even makes it the equivalent of Chrome or Firefox?

      • I can't use Edge for about 40% of the sites I use daily, they don't work well enough. I've tried, I was stuck on a PC once with now other browsers and no admin rights, shudder.
    • ...and maybe I'll use it. Not until.
    • by jamesjw ( 213986 )

      If you used a decent browser to begin with you wouldn't need the extra 3 hours of battery life to get your work done using Microsoft Edge...

    • Was out of town for several days, otherwise this would have been modded up some more.

    • Seeing as how probably nobody to speak of is using either one, does anyone really even care about this?
    • >> Microsoft Edge Beats Chrome By Over Three Hours In New Battery Usage Test

      Better headline :
      "Google Chrome Beats Edge By Over Fifty Percent In New Market Usage Test"

      Chrome: ~50%
      Edge: ~1,5%
      Ouch []

  • Really? (Score:4, Funny)

    by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @03:27PM (#54223989) Journal
    Didn't we last month some story about MsDev IDE taking one full core to implement the blinking cursor? They probably tuned the code for this specific test.
    • Didn't we last month some story about MsDev IDE taking one full core to implement the blinking cursor? They probably tuned the code for this specific test.

      That was the IDE. You use that to compile your code. That had no effect on the finished product. Only that the video performance was locked at a higher refresh rate.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @03:29PM (#54224005)

    Since I never use Edge, I guess it'll never use the battery.

  • Great (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @03:30PM (#54224023)

    So I can now spend 3 hours more using a browser that's unusable.

    I kinda fail to see the benefit.

  • the edge machine was infected with viruses that don't use much power!
    • The edge machine wasn't turned on until the final minutes of the test. Users of Edge were unaware of this and thought it was just the startup time for Edge. But it had great battery life.
  • by rahvin112 ( 446269 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @03:42PM (#54224103)

    I'm sure the test was perfectly fair and they didn't do anything like ensure Chrome was loading and running flash on a video loop while their own used HTML5 and refused to autoplay. No way Microsoft would be that underhanded.

    • It's not like Microsoft has ever rigged tests before. Remember old Linux vs Windows performance benchmark? (I can't think of the name of it, sorry.)

      It's not like Microsoft would put its thumb on the scales. Remember "Total Cost of Ownership" argument of Windows cost vs Linux cost?
  • No doubt, credit where credit is due and my hats off to MS in their browsers efficiency, however, it still doesn't change the fact that Microsoft's browser will always be seen as inferior like IE. I guess (sadly) the same as many people see Firefox as always bloated and inefficient compared to Chrome.

    MS will no doubt use this to their advantage in ads as much as possible, but I don't think it will change the browser war - until perhaps they (like Google) also spend billions in advertising Edge all over the

    • by Holi ( 250190 )
      Microsoft is pretty much all you can use if you need things like java. Both Chrome and Firefox have broken support for certain plugins intentionally. That's a lot of fun when your banks deposit app runs on Java and you can no longer deposit checks.
    • No doubt, credit where credit is due and my hats off to MS in their browsers efficiency,/em.

      Really no doubt? The summary can be summarised further as "Microsoft says Microsoft is the best". I'd say there's a fair degree of doubt that they are, in fact, the best and I won't be taking their word for it.

  • That I will be subject to the poor performance of Edge for that much longer... So, is more battery life really a good thing in this instance? (of course, that's presuming that Microsoft didn't cook the numbers. Nah, they'd never do something like that...)
  • Ad blocker (Score:2, Insightful)

    by fred6666 ( 4718031 )

    In real world, any gain in battery life made by using Edge is more than lost for not having an ad blocker.

  • Vendor Paid Test (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Luthair ( 847766 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @04:16PM (#54224397)
    Favours vendor in a shocking twist.
  • by poofmeisterp ( 650750 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @04:19PM (#54224425) Journal

    ...Didn't they integrate some browser into an earlier version of their operating system at some point in the past, and get sued over it?

    I wonder what happens if you integrate a running virtualized piece of software, loaded "into the OS" at all times, to remove the conceptual difference between "normal" and "excessive" power usage...?

    Oh, and they just set the "new official industry standard for battery usage measurement"; one you must comply with in order to have their "certification".

    Ima shut up now. Ahh, mem'ries.

  • It doesn't matter if Edge is more battery efficient if it's less time efficient to use it. The extra laptop run time till be lost in having to spend more time to do the same tasks because of lack of add-ons/familiarity with the software. Not to mention that would cost me real world time I could be doing stuff besides the activity that required web browsing to start with.

  • 3 hours! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Chas ( 5144 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @04:31PM (#54224525) Homepage Journal

    Yes! By completely fucking off on security, we've extended run time by three full hours!

    Too bad it only takes someone 15 seconds to break in and corn-hole your device (by accident) or 5 seconds (if they're actually trying).

  • How does Edge and other browsers do on standards compliance tests? Who cares how long it works if it doesn't work correctly?

  • by scdeimos ( 632778 ) on Wednesday April 12, 2017 @05:45PM (#54225013)
    Although Microsoft claims that the three browsers are being tested on "the same Vimeo video" I'm betting that the three browsers are being served different versions of said video. This kind of test is entirely dependant on CODEC selection and video resolution, both of which affect hardware-based decoding and battery efficiency. To be a valid test the browsers should be playing back the same video file from local media.
  • Ignoring the Chrome comparisons, comparing Edge to Firefox just isn't a fair fight. Heck, I believe I could come up with a better browser than Firefox.

  • Say it isn't so, multiple process, constant IPC messages, massive amounts of wasted memory in multiple processes consume more energy. Nahh, really, say it isn't so.

    Energy usage is directly related to memory usage: more memory used means more energy required to access it.

    We need to get back to writing efficient code again. By that, code that minimized memory and CPU usage, and is not a bloated multi-process pig like Chrome.

    This multi-process crap is the biggest pile of crap, it increases complexity
  • ... that any representatives of the Trump campaign organization cooperated with, colluded with, or otherwise worked with any Rus--

    Oh, wait, sorry, wrong account. Ahem.

    There is no evidence whatsoever that Firefox, Chrome, or any other browser is even remotely competitive with the superior battery life and rendering performance available from Microsoft(r) Edge(tm). I just installed the Windows(r) 10 Creators Update(tm) last night, in fact, and was delighted with all aspects of the newly-enhanced customer ex

  • Chrome is a serious resource hog on the Mac too, even with few or no extensions. Chrome 57 is somewhat improved, but I find myself favoring Safari much more simply because it will not destroy my battery life. Firefox is orders of magnitude worse than all of them. While I don't believe Microsoft's 3 hour number either, it's indisputable that Chrome can't beat Safari or Edge when it comes to battery life, a fact which I appreciate Google finally feeling the pressure to address.
  • Longer battery run time but the great big security hole that is Edge no thank you.
  • No matter how good Edge is it doesn't change the fact that you must be using Windows 10 to be able to run it's out for me.
  • It's not a fair comparison if Edge is in effect sacrificing performance - e.g. perhaps the video played smoother and dropped fewer frames on Chrome? We don't know. Could be something as simple as, something in their tests trigger hi-rest timers i.e. timeBeginPeriod to be called on Chrome, e.g.: [] (this was a known issue in Chrome for a long time, and if you read the "fix", it isn't a 100% fix in that Chrome will still active high-res timers in some conditions) ... if Edge say

  • That's all well and good that they have a lower power demand.

    It however does not change the fact that Edge is a browser that wants to do everything but can't do any one thing well. The damn thing wants to be my primary PDF viewer and I've yet to have one single PDF file load in it either from a web page or from a local file. I'm also quite annoyed with the fact that it gets all pouty when you want to make something else your primary handler of a function that it wants to have control of. It begged me when I

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