Microsoft Says Chrome is Bad for Battery

RanuP on Wednesday June 22, 2016 at 02:50:01 PM

Microsoft Says Chrome is Bad for Battery

Microsoft released a video that shows that the Google Chrome browser quickly drains laptop battery life.

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(CCM) — Microsoft released a video on Monday showing the difference between using Google Chrome and using other browsers on Windows laptops. The video alleges that Chrome drains a laptop's battery life faster than other popular web browsers. Microsoft went about proving this by creating two different tests — one that measures battery life and another that measures power consumption during high-definition video streaming. The video shows four identical Microsoft Surface Book laptops streaming the same video on Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Chrome. Google Chrome, one of the most popular browsers in the world, lasted only 4 hours and 19 minutes, with the laptops running Firefox and Opera blacking out after 5 hours and 9 minutes and 6 hours and 18 minutes, respectively. The laptop streaming the video on Microsoft Edge beat out the competition by a long shot – surviving for 7 hours and 22 minutes.

Microsoft explained the test's results, saying that Chrome is a much more RAM intensive web browser in comparison to Firefox, Opera, and Edge. Google has already promised to fix the issue, but there has been no significant improvement so far. While Google drags its feet to take action, Microsoft has already begun using data from a similar, global test to promote its own browser, claiming that the Edge gives a 70% better battery life performance than Chrome.

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