Published: Mon, June 20, 2016
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery

Microsoft shows how bad Chrome is for your laptop's battery

Microsoft is looking to make up some ground in the web browser war, bringing into question the efficiency of Google Chrome in a recent study.

The company did look at aggregated telemetry data from millions of Windows 10 devices to find out more about power consumption.

Chrome, on the other hand, is known to have some issues with high RAM usage because of it’s the per-tab sandboxing (a big improvement for its security).

The results suggest switching to Microsoft Edge could extend your battery life by 36-53 percent if you are a heavy browser user.

But wait, here's the kicker.

Microsoft Edge does not now support browser extensions - a must-have feature you'll find in every other browser used in Microsoft's lab-controlled test.

And Microsoft says that it's been working to boost the energy efficiency of Edge even further, with improvements that will roll out to all Windows 10 devices as part of the Anniversary Update this summer. Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Opera were then put through their paces in a series of automated tests. "These numbers are from actual Windows 10 use 'in the wild, ' not artificial tests or hypotheses", wrote Jason Weber, Microsoft Edge web platform team director. So with the Anniversary Update, Edge only executes background JavaScript timers once per second in background tabs. That Windows 10 refresh "will include even more power-saving improvements, using fewer CPU cycles, consuming less memory, and minimizing the impact of background activity and peripheral content like Flash advertisements", officials said in today's blog post. They're also planning to remove duplicate frames at the beginning and end of animation loops for Edge to perform better. This lets Edge monitor and control the resource impact of Flash, and when it consumes too many resources or crashes, Edge can simply stop Flash without impacting the website.

Google has attempted to make Chrome more efficient; Opera recently came out with a new battery-saving mode so users can "browse up to 50% longer".



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