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Microsoft again ballyhoos Edge as battery tightwad

Microsoft this week again claimed that its Edge browser uses much less power than rivals, a key part of the company’s efforts to salvage the struggling Edge on Windows 10.

“Microsoft Edge on the Creators Update uses 31% less power than Google Chrome 57, and 44% less power than Mozilla Firefox 52,” Kyle Pflug, a senior program manager on the Edge team, contended in a post to a company blog Tuesday.

Creators Update, or 1703 in Microsoft’s yymm nomenclature, and the latest feature upgrade to Windows 10, began reaching customers on April 11. At the same time, Microsoft upgraded Edge’s rendering engine, “EdgeHTML,” to version 15; it was the fourth rendition of the engine since Windows 10’s mid-2015 launch.

To arrive at its claims, Microsoft measured power usage on four Surface Book laptops as the systems ran through a script of browser operations with Edge, Chrome 57 (released March 29) and Firefox 52 (March 17). The results for 16 or more test runs of each browser were then averaged.

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