• A test ran the same video on four laptops each using a different browser
  • The laptop running on Microsoft Edge lasted 70 per cent long than Chrome
  • However Google Chrome has extra features that other browsers do not 

Shivali Best For Mailonline

We’ve all been there – you are just in the middle of finishing an important email when your laptop crashes and you lose your hard work.

But it seems that your laptop alone might not be to blame.

A new series of tests conducted by Microsoft suggest that Google Chrome could be the reason your laptop battery is always dying.

A new series of tests conducted by Microsoft, have suggested that Google Chrome could be the reason your laptop battery is always dying

A new series of tests conducted by Microsoft, have suggested that Google Chrome could be the reason your laptop battery is always dying

BATTERY LIFE OF BROWSERS 

The tests streamed the same video on four unplugged, identical laptops, each on a different browser.

Google Chrome: Four hours and 19 minutes

Mozilla Firefox: Five hours and nine minutes

Opera: Six hours and 18 minutes

Microsoft Edge: Seven hours and 22 minutes 

While Google Chrome is the most popular internet browser, a series of tests by Microsoft – who are Google’s rival – have shown how much the search engine is draining your laptop battery.

The tests streamed the same video on four unplugged, identical laptops, each on a different browser.

The browsers tested were Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Opera.  

The results showed that Google Chrome was the worst on the battery, with the laptop only lasting four hours and 19 minutes. 

The laptop using Mozilla Firefox lasted five hours and nine minutes, while Opera lasted six hours and 18 minutes. 

Opera has a specific power saving mode, which recognises when your laptop is not charging and reduced background activity such as plug-ins. 

However, the laptop running Microsoft Edge lasted the longest, at seven hours and 22 minutes – 70 per cent longer than Google Chrome. 

While this does suggest that Microsoft’s browser might be kinder to your battery, it should be noted that Google Chrome has additional features and browser extensions that Edge does not. 

While this does suggest that Microsoft's browser might be kinder to your battery, it should be noted that Google Chrome has additional features and browser extensions that Edge does not

While this does suggest that Microsoft’s browser might be kinder to your battery, it should be noted that Google Chrome has additional features and browser extensions that Edge does not

POPULARITY OF BROWSERS

Chrome: 41.6%

Internet Explorer: 41.3%

FireFox: 9.76%

Safari: 4.91%

Opera:1.89%

Konqueror: 0.01% 

Source: NetMarketShare 

However, Microsoft is set to launch an Anniversary Update to Windows 10 this summer, which will see Edge level the playing field with Google Chrome and offer comparable features. 

To make sure the additional features do not affect batter power, Microsoft is introducing power-saving enhancements, such as more efficient processor management.    

Despite these findings, a spokesperson for Google told MailOnline: ‘We’ve made significant improvements to power consumption in the past few releases, and it’s an area of continued focus and investment. 

‘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.’

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