Microsoft has pitted 3 browsers – Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge – against each others
Microsoft is on a mission to prove its Microsoft Edge web browser is better than the competition.
This is nothing new.
The Redmond-based technology company previously pitted Microsoft Edge against Google Chrome back in June 2016.
According to the company's lab-controlled test, Microsoft Edge outlasted all of its rivals – easily out-living Google Chrome by more than three hours.
Google responded to the video by pushing-out a new version of Chrome that trashed its predecessors' battery life.
And now, Microsoft has unveiled a new series of tests.
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The latest head-to-head video pits the latest version of Edge, which is included as part of the new Windows 10 Creators Update, against Chrome and Firefox running on three identical Surface Book laptops.
According to Microsoft, Firefox managed to get seven hours of video-looping before it flatlined, Chrome passed the nine hour mark, and Microsoft Edge lasted for an impressive 12-and-a-half hours.
Microsoft explained the methodology behind the test in a detailed blog post.
Using an open-source test called BrowserEfficiencyTest, which Microsoft built in-house, the company discovered that its own Edge web browser uses some 31 per cent less power than Google Chrome.
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Using its own open-source software, Microsoft determined the efficiency of the browsers
Microsoft Edge uses 44 per cent less power than Firefox, according to the same test.
The only smartphones capable of running Windows 10 Creators Update when it launches are – HP Elite x3, Microsoft Lumia 550, Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL, Microsoft Lumia 650, Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, Alcatel Idol 4S, Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, SoftBank 503LV, Vaio Phone Biz, MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601, and Trinity NuAns NEO.
Besides these handsets, no other device will officially receive an upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update.
However, there is a workaround.
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Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Insiders running beta versions of Creators Update on devices not included in the list will be able to continue to run the software.
However, these devices will be running the software at their own risk – with no official support from the Redmond-based technology company.
No new Windows Insider preview builds will be pushed to any devices, other than the 13 handsets in the official list.
Software engineer Ms Sarkar explains: “We recognise that many Insiders will be disappointed to see their device is no longer supported.
“We looked at feedback from our Windows Insiders and realised that we were not providing the best possible experience for our customers on many older devices.
“That helped us determine which devices we support for the Windows 10 Creators Update.
"We are continually listening to your feedback to provide the best experience for ALL of our customers.”