Microsoft Edge’s Javascript Performance Goes Toe-To-Toe With Chrome, Firefox

Microsoft Edge’s Javascript Performance Goes Toe-To-Toe With Chrome, Firefox

Web browsers will always find a battlefield to fight on — Javascript performance, memory usage, variety of extensions and so on. With Microsoft Edge soon to be a serious option, it’s about time we had a look at how it matches up to the competition.

While it’ll be a while before we have a comprehensive understanding of how Microsoft’s Internet Explorer replacement stacks up, we are in a position to test its general performance. There are plenty of online sites designed to measure browser speed and responsiveness, including the Javascript-focused JetStream, SunSpider and Google Octane.

Along with these three, gHacks’ Martin Brinkmann used Mozilla Kraken, PeaceKeeper and WebXPRT to put Edge up against Chrome, Firefox, Opera and even Vivaldi. How did it fare?

Most results are fairly close when you compare them but there are a couple of exceptions:

1. Microsoft Edge dominates the Apple JetStream and SunSpider benchmark.
2. Edge’s PeaceKeeper performance was weak by a large percentage.
3. Pale Moon performed considerably worse than other browsers in most — but not all — benchmarks.

Canary (the development build of Chrome) and Firefox’s stable branch put up the best fight, each winning two tests (from a possible six). The short story is the Edge was competitive so you shouldn’t feel discouraged from giving it a try once Windows 10 hits on the basis of Javascript performance.

As for its other features? We’ll have to wait and see.

Is Microsoft Edge really the fastest Windows 10 web browser? [gHacks]


  • I have zero faith on whatever new browser… they’ve been getting fatter and fatter, to a point where it’s now the most resource hogging App in a PC. It’s ridiculous, the other day I had a page with 5 flash videos that started playing automatically by themselves, I had no idea where all the noises were coming from. These days, they pass for news if they can just throw you a stupid video.

    • I love the browser but hate the automatic videos. I’m on a metered connection and only get a small amount of bandwidth a day. The videos on webpages eat it up. We need a way to turn them all off so that they only play when we click them.

Show more comments

Comments are closed.

Log in to comment on this story!