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Microsoft claims that Google Chrome is worse than Microsoft Edge

Feb 09, 2018 | Blog

A recent report backs up the company's claims about its browser offering better protection from phishing attacks. Microsoft is clamming that Microsoft’s Internet browser Edge is safer to use and better for battery life than Google Chrome. Chrome is far more popular than Edge, and Microsoft has long struggled to close the gap between these two browsers. Chrome had a 55.08 per cent share of the global market over the past 12 months, compared to less than three per cent for Edge, which was less popular than Safari, UC Browser, Firefox, Opera, and even Internet Explorer. Microsoft, however, argues that Edge outperforms Chrome in several key areas. It has released an ad that reveals the results of a battery test – conducted by Microsoft – in which 720p video was streamed on a loop on three identical laptops, using Edge, Chrome and Firefox.

Microsoft has created two tests to measure the power consumption by browsers: the first is a test in a lab-controlled environment measuring typical browsing behavior on popular sites, while the second experiment times how long streaming HD video lasts. Unsurprisingly, Chrome lasts just 4h and 19 min., on the streaming video test, compared to 7h and 22 min. for Microsoft's Edge browser. For this research, Microsoft used up-to-date versions of the browsers for the test, which was conducted on Surface Book laptops running the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (16299 release), with brightness set to 50 per cent and the volume muted. The findings are unsurprising, coming from Microsoft, but they’re supported by the results of a separate study conducted by AVG, which also found that Edge was better for battery life than Chrome and Firefox. In a separate ad, Microsoft also talks up Edge’s speed and safety, claiming, “Microsoft Edge is up to 48 percent faster than Google Chrome”, and that “Edge blocks 18 percent more phishing sites than Google Chrome”. Though Microsoft hasn’t revealed how it came to these conclusions, its phishing claim is backed up by cyber security firm NSS Labs, which in October found that Edge offers better protection from cyber criminals than Google Chrome. In NSS Labs’ tests, Microsoft Edge blocked 92.3 per cent of phishing URLs, Google Chrome blocked 74.5 per cent of them and Mozilla Firefox blocked 61.1 per cent of them.

Different sources approached to Google for a comment regarding this, but the company didn’t respond to it yet. Microsoft is clearly attempting to win people over to Edge, but the company's new browser still lacks some features that you'd find in Chrome and Firefox. Browser extensions aren't available in Edge just yet, but they will launch alongside the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 this summer. Microsoft is also promising even more power-saving enhancements with the Anniversary Update to Edge, thanks to fewer CPU cycles, less memory consumption, and controls on background activity and Flash ads.