Comparing Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome in an AIR World – Which is Better?
We have currently witnessed Microsoft being heavily invested in repositioning its brand as the best browser in the market. Initially, due to their dominance, they exploited the market and stayed content with a redundant Internet explorer. Forcing it on people, decorated with the worse quality and user experience. Since there were no other alternatives, users would have no option instead of using what’s available. Internet Explorer used to come built-in with all Windows devices, and since Windows dominated this sector, it indirectly enjoyed a huge market share within the browsers market as well.
Internet Explorer had a whopping 80% plus share of the market till 2007. But due to its complacency, open-source projects like Firefox started taking over. An alternative that provided quicker intent access while providing great user experiences. And by 2009, Firefox had established itself as a prominent member of the market:
Eventually, Chrome came and took over all. Google Chrome has established itself as one of the best browsers in the market. And users primarily use Edge and other browsers to download Chrome, and then never use it again. But is Chrome even that good?
Let us find out.
While the earlier versions of Edge were not that good, and were stated to be similar to internet explorer, with some redesigning on the front end. Recent versions have taken things seriously.
Edge has targeted the weaknesses of Chrome and has decided to exploit them to the best extent.
Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are both excellent web browsers that offer a range of features and capabilities. While each browser has its strengths and weaknesses, here are some ways in which Microsoft Edge is considered by some users to be better than Google Chrome:
- Better battery life: Microsoft Edge is optimized for power efficiency and has been shown to provide longer battery life than Google Chrome, especially on laptops and other mobile devices. This can be seen by going to the task manager and opening both Chrome and Edge.
We can see that despite greater resources allocated to Edge, Edge is optimized for better health. Microsoft Edge is built on a newer version of the Chromium engine that powers Google Chrome, but Microsoft has made several optimizations to the code to improve battery life. One of the main ways that Edge saves power is through its “Sleeping Tabs” feature. This feature puts background tabs to sleep after a certain amount of time, which helps reduce CPU usage and power consumption. When the user clicks on a sleeping tab, Edge quickly wakes it up and restores the content.
Edge also uses a feature called “Adaptive Streaming” which adjusts the streaming resolution of video content based on the device’s hardware and network connection. This helps reduce the amount of power needed to process and display video content. In addition, Microsoft has also optimized Edge to work well with Windows power management settings. For example, Edge respects the Windows Power Slider, which lets users adjust their device’s power mode to optimize battery life or performance.
- Improved security: Microsoft Edge includes several security features that help protect users from malware, phishing attacks, and other online threats. Edge’s SmartScreen filter is particularly effective at detecting and blocking malicious websites.
Microsoft Edge has several built-in security features that aim to protect users from various online threats such as malware, phishing attacks, and other types of malicious activity. One of these features is the SmartScreen filter, which is designed to block known malicious websites and prevent users from inadvertently downloading malware.
Another security feature that Edge offers is called Windows Defender Application Guard. In addition, Edge also includes features like tracking prevention and password monitoring to further enhance security.
- Better integration with Windows: Since Edge is a Microsoft product, it is more tightly integrated with Windows than Chrome. This means that Edge can take advantage of Windows features like Cortana, Windows Hello, and the taskbar search function.
- Better memory consumption: From your RAM while running, edge consumes much less memory compared to Chrome.
- Better performance with touchscreens: Edge is designed to work well with touchscreens and includes features like touch-friendly scrolling, pinch-to-zoom, and the ability to write or draw directly on web pages.
- More customization options: Edge offers a range of customization options that allow users to personalize their browsing experience. For example, users can choose from a range of themes, customize the start page, and set up personalized news feeds.
- Bing AI: While Microsoft Edge can integrate its AI tool into the search engine, Google Chrome failed miserably. Google’s Bart AI caused them a loss of around $100bn off shares, as it gave incorrect answers during its first public demo.
These clearly show that Microsoft has learned from its mistakes, and is now smartly playing around the market to reposition it as the leading browser in the market.