Software giant Microsoft Corporation attacks rival Alphabet Inc’s Google Chrome with a claim that the browser is a major drain on batteries built into Windows-based PCs.
It is known by many that Google Chrome is battery-draining, but Google managed to keep its position. Microsoft is emphasizing this weakness with evidence, in hopes to drag its rival down and acquire its share.
The said allegation is the latest effort by Microsoft to promote its new browser, Microsoft Edge.
However, Google claims that it has made substantial improvements to battery consumption in the past few years and that it is continuously working on it for better.
“Since the beginning of the year, we’ve made a 33% improvement in video playback GPU/CPU power consumption on Windows 10. And by Chrome 53, we feel confident that we’ll be at parity with other browsers in terms of power consumption for the majority of video playback on the Internet.” A spokesperson from Google stated.
In a blog post, the tech gargantuan claimed that its new Edge browser offers as much as 70% more battery life compared to Firefox versions on laptop.
To support this claim, Microsoft performed an experiment using popular browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge. In a YouTube video, it has used identical Surface Books to run each browser on different popular websites. The test also measured the time until which the HD streaming video lasts until the batteries are fully drained. The results concluded that Edge was better in terms of power saving, lasting for seven hours and 22 minutes. On the other hand, with four hours and 19 minutes, users of Chrome will have to charge their device more often.
Microsoft’s reason for the allegations and tests is to promote Edge over its rivals; however it is unlikely to win due to several causes. Firstly, the test conducted is likely to be considered bias and examination from a neutral party might be conducted before a valid conclusion is set. Secondly, Microsoft may also be criticized for using its own Surface Books rather than a third-party device. The firm confessed that battery life may differ depending on various circumstances.
Based on the latest data from tracking authority W3counter, Chrome has market share of 58.7% whereas Microsoft has a share of 10.3%. Though Chrome is leading, Edge has slightly closed down the difference in the previous months. Microsoft is making constant developments and would likely to put a significant dip in sales of Chrome in the long run.