Less than 1 in 20 PC users use the Microsoft Edge browser, but unlike other ventures, Microsoft is not ready to cede the browser battle to Google’s Chrome, which has around 60% market share.
Microsoft has been touting battery life advantages for the native Windows 10 browser for some years now, but in the interim, there have been updates to both Firefox and Chrome designed to address the issue.
Microsoft has now returned with a new video claiming that with the Fall Creators Update version of the Edge browser you can stream video up to 63% longer than with Firefox and 19% longer than Chrome. This could make the difference between watching the end of a Netflix movie or ending on a premature cliffhanger.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has not bothered to document their methodology clearly, not saying for example what the source of streaming video is, what resolution, and what build of each browser, all issues which could dramatically affect the result, and which is likely to be a source of protest over the next few days.
Microsoft is, however, likely to tout these results in Windows 10 OS pop-ups urging Chrome users to switch to Edge for battery life advantages, which does raise concern about unfair anticompetitive practices.
Given the low usage of Edge, will these results convince our readers to switch? Let us know below.