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Google Chrome draining your laptop battery faster, claims rival Microsoft’s research

Washington: Google Chrome may be the most popular internet browser among users, but a series of experiments and tests conducted by rival company Microsoft shows how Google Chrome is sucking your laptop’s battery. Microsoft streamed the same vide

India TV Business Desk Updated on: June 21, 2016 12:11 IST
ever wondered why your laptop battery drains out so fast?
ever wondered why your laptop battery drains out so fast?

Washington:  Google Chrome may be the most popular internet browser among users, but a series of experiments and tests conducted by rival company Microsoft shows how Google Chrome is sucking your laptop’s battery.

Microsoft streamed the same video on four unplugged and identical laptops. The only difference between them was the browser that the video was being played on - Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Microsoft Edge.

The results were a bit disappointing as the laptop with Google Chrome lasted 4 hours and 19 minutes, becoming the first one to throw itself out of the race against time.

This was followed by Mozilla Firefox which had a lower power hunger than Google Chrome lasting 5 hours and 9 minutes.

Opera, a browser with a specific power saving mode, which helps you reduce background activity, pausing unused plug-ins and hidden animations by recognising when your laptop is unplugged, secured second place, lasting 6 hours and 18 minutes.

As anticipated, Microsoft's own browser, Edge, outlasted becoming the finest among the lot, managing to stream the video for a total of 7 hours and 22 minutes – 70 per cent longer than Google Chrome.

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However, Edge does not satisfy us with the same services as Chrome does, missing out on a lot of convenient features, mainly browser extensions.

As stated by Microsoft, new developments will rule out every negative aspect with its anniversary update to Windows 10.

Microsoft is all set to counter balance the amount of battery life consumed by these extra features with even more power-saving enhancements, like more efficient processor management and controls on background activity.

While Chrome continues to be the most vividly used browser, many instances in the past back up to the fact that Google Chrome is power hungry, especially on machines like Mac Books.

Google formerly said that it is working on solving this battery issue but these latest tests show that Google Chrome has not worked on any of the rectification required.

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