Microsoft has surrendered to Google in the web browser market, acknowledging that EdgeHTML is a failure and wants to switch to Chromium. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the software giant has to stop its regular marketing campaigns, which sometimes include battery tests showing its Web browser outperforms its competitors.
Every time the company releases a new feature update for Windows 10, they also conduct benchmark tests to show how Microsoft Edge has improved its ability to save energy compared to its competitors.
The October 2018 update is no exception. Only this time, Microsoft did it another way: not making public announcements about how Microsoft Edge outperformed its rivals, but just tossed the benchmark results to GitHub, a place not used by ordinary people. Come.
If you are thinking why, there is no answer for you; Only knowing that, this is probably the result of Microsoft itself acknowledging that EdgeHTML has no future, and moving to Chromium is the only way to choose.
As with previous energy-saving tests, Microsoft Edge is a winner when it comes to 24% better battery life than Chrome and 94% compared to Mozilla Firefox.
The test content is quite simple: it runs an HTML5 video in full-screen mode on a Surface Book with pre-customized settings, such as screen brightness at 50% and sound Turn off completely. These settings are preserved in all tests, and Microsoft Edge is the most energy-efficient browser, able to play 16 hours of video continuously compared to 13 hours of Google Chrome.
What does this mean for Microsoft Edge users? No. of course. With Microsoft moving to Chromium, this difference will probably disappear, and energy savings will depend only on how the company optimizes their browser.
The new Edge browser is expected to appear next year (2019), and there will be a preview for users at the beginning of the year.