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Microsoft exposes Google Chrome as worst battery hog


Still using Google Chrome over Microsoft Edge on Windows 10? You might want to think again — especially if you use a notebook. In the video below, Microsoft exposes Chrome as the least efficient browser when it comes to battery life.

Despite being one of the most popular web browsers available, Chrome is famous for being a resource hog. It likes to eat up your RAM and grab as much CPU power as it can when it’s under heavy loads, and it drinks power like you wouldn’t believe.

To prove this, Microsoft put four identical Windows 10 laptops side-by-side, then timed how long they continue to run while playing media inside a web browser. The machine running Chrome died first after just 4 hours and 19 minutes of use.

The machine running Firefox was next to give up, but even that lasted 5 hours and 9 minutes. The machine running Opera managed to stay alive for 6 hours and 18 minutes.

By far the most impressive result came from the machine running Edge. With 7 hours and 22 minutes of use before it died, it offers a full three hours more than Chrome, and over two hours more than Firefox.

“We designed Microsoft Edge from the ground up to prioritize power efficiency and deliver more battery life, without any special battery saving mode or changes to the default settings,” says Microsoft. “Our testing and data show that you can simply browse longer with Microsoft Edge.”

Microsoft adds that it continues to focus on power and efficiency with every Windows 10 release. With the Anniversary Update coming this fall, Windows 10 will include even more power-saving improvements, and will be kinder on resources.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...