Microsoft on Monday warned users against rival Google's Chrome browser, saying it drains a laptop battery like none other. To prove this, Microsoft conducted two experiments – one in a lab-controlled environment to see browsing behaviour on popular sites and the other while streaming high-definition videos.
In the first experiment, Chrome, Opera, and Firefox used more battery power than Edge during an automated cycle of scrolling articles, reading emails, opening sites and watching videos. Microsoft claimed that its browser lasted 36% to 53% longer than the others.
In the second experiment, Microsoft played the same HD video on four different browsers – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge – on four identical laptops. While Chrome lasted for only 4 hours and 19 minutes, Mozilla Firefox drained the computer's battery in 5 hours and 9 minutes and Opera in 6 hours and 18 minutes. Edge streamed the video for 7 hours and 22 minutes.
Microsoft is now gearing up to launch an anniversary update for Edge and Windows 10 in July. The company has promised to introduce power-saving enhancements.
However, this is not the first time that Google Chrome, the world’s most popular browser, has been proved to be a battery drainer. Google had earlier said it is working on solving this issue.