Microsoft Edge Team Wants You to See How Bad Google Chrome is

By: Kassidy Coleman

Have a go-to browser you use for searching the internet? Most people do, and if you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably using Google Chrome. Recently, the federal government reported that Google Chrome is the most popular web browser with over 1 billion active users. Most Google Chrome users are already aware that it drains the battery quickly, but they continue to use it anyway. However, The Microsoft Edge team wanted to make it clear to everyone that their browser, Edge is better for battery life than Google Chrome. They put all the popular browsers – Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, and Opera to the test to see which browser really consumes the most battery. The test was pretty straight forward – they took four identical laptops, each used different browsers but played the same streaming video while the laptops were unplugged to see which battery really lasted the longest.

We’re not sure if Microsoft thought we would be shocked at the results, but really – the results weren’t too surprising for us. Microsoft Edge came in first place with the battery lasting 70% longer than the laptop that was using Google Chrome, 43% longer than the laptop using Firefox, and 17% longer than the laptop using Opera. But does this really mean that Microsoft Edge is the “better” browser? We don’t think so.

Of course Microsoft is trying to get more users to switch to Edge, and with the results of the test, it is tempting. However, Microsoft Edge still doesn’t quite live up to our expectations of what a browser should be. Google Chrome and Firefox are well-known for their extensions that can completely customize your internet browsing experience. Microsoft Edge does not yet have browser extensions, although we can expect them to launch this summer with the Anniversary Update to Windows 10.

Did Microsoft Edge’s test convince you to make the switch? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

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