In June, Microsoft ran its own test that showed Edge browser consumed less power on a laptop than Chrome, which came in at last place. Google isn’t going to take it laying down, firing back with its own tests to prove that Chrome isn’t the battery draining browser that Microsoft makes it out to be. You can see the results here.
It’s no secret that Microsoft is heavily pushing for internet users to adopt its Edge browser, but with little success. Most people prefer Chrome, which is the most popular web browser in the world and Firefox.
A few months ago, Microsoft tried to make Edge stand out by boasting about its energy saving capabilities by running its own test and releasing a video on the results:
The video showed the device using Chrome to stream content running out of battery after just 4 hours and 20 minutes. Edge lasted 7 hours and 22 minutes.
Google is calling bullshit and has released its own video showing the latest release of Chrome lasting 10 hours and 39 minutes while streaming videos:
The company said in a blog post:
“Of course, people use their browsers for more than just video. That’s why we’ve been improving battery life across the board, tracking progress using power measurement tools. As one example, Chrome for Mac now uses 33 percent less power for everything from videos and images to simple page scrolling.”
The truth is, both Microsoft and Google’s test results need to be taken with a grain of salt. Both companies’ tests are skewed to favour their respective browsers. They’re run on different devices with different video streaming services.