Microsoft’s earlier demonstrations showed how badly Chrome affects laptop battery life. Google’s response was in the form of a release of Chrome 53 with CPU and GPU power consumption enhancements for video playback. Google made a video with Surface Books similar to Microsoft and compared its new battery life improvements to the versions of Chrome preceding it. Even then, this hasn’t done much to change Microsoft’s views who still isn’t convinced that the browser update brings any huge improvements.
In a recent blog post, Microsoft tested Edge and Chrome battery life on Surface Book by running their latest versions. By using the same Netflix test which is looping a streaming video, Microsoft claimed that Edge lasted for 8 hours and 47 minutes compared to a duration of 6 hours and 3 minutes shown by Chrome. That’s a hefty 45% longer than Chrome and 69% longer than Firefox. The only browser that comes close to competing with this heavy weight is Opera with 7 hours and 8 minutes of battery life but even then Edge lasts 23% longer.
There are several other ways for testing battery life apart from Netflix, for example, the Vimeo test. The Vimeo test also has Edge outperforming Chrome but this time, only by an hour so the gap has been closed here as edge lasts only 11% longer.
Microsoft is also releasing enormous amounts of statistics based on real world data of power consumption per browser from millions of Windows 10 machines. Microsoft’s latest data claims that edge has nearly half the power consumption than that of Chrome. Even then, Chrome is still rising in popularity and it will definitely take something more monumental to cause a shift from Chrome to Microsoft’s edge.