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Microsoft Edge Vs Google Chrome comparison:The war begins!

A war between Microsoft Edge & Google Chrome-See who wins & who loses!


This is a controversial topic.Not because they’re fighting against each other to be the users favourite, but its a lot more.I’ve promised you that I would engage both of them in a war when I wrote this post:



And I’m keeping that promise now. Let’s see who wins & who loses in this battle.MS Edge OR Google Chrome?


The parameters taken into consideration-Page Rendering,Resource Usage/Battery Usage,HTML 5 & Flash rendering efficiency, and Basemark 3.0 browser benchmark score.


System Specifications used: Intel Core i3 at 3.10GHz, 4GB DDR3 RAM,AMD Radeon HD 5450(Overdrive Enabled).Desktop Computer runnung on Windows 10 Home.


1: Page Rendering:


For the test,the browser cache files & form data were cleared completely from both the browsers. Both of them was put to test individually. The results are:



Chrome rendered pages as-is using the data extracted from webpage source, It loaded HTML & CSS elements first-out of which inline CSS blocks parsed first.Then came Javascript parsing which was placed on the header. Finally Footer Javascript was parsed & changes were applied to the webpage. Chrome uses script conditions tags & downloads them accordingly.But it’s lot more faster compared to others.



Something interesting happened here.The webpage was not rendered as-is.Instead Edge rendered the page only after loading & parsing all the elements present in the source code, and that includes Async & Deferred Javascripts too.


I like to call this POP!-Rendering. Because the webpage is displayed suddenly to the user,after loading all scripts.Finally it POPs to the viewport. But the webpage you’ll see is complete since all scripts are already loaded on & parsed,giving you the complete webpage. This is much slower than Chrome’s way of Page loading but it gives us a webpage which is more complete.

See the render video.


2:Resource/Battery Usage:


Here’s the most important part.Which among them uses more battery & processor resources?Let’s check.



It’s no secret that Google Chrome with its millions of extensions & theme support-eats up resources of our computer. It uses the power of Graphics card to render webpages(& that’s why you feel that it’s faster than others). Chrome also runs in background even when you close it.


This I suspect,helps Google to track & collect user data from the devices. The recent test conducted by Microsoft comparing different browsers gave this result for battery life using Chrome(streaming HD video loop): 4 hours. approx.



Edge doesn’t run in the background.It has no extensions(in stable build,Windows Insider builds indicate the arrival of add-ons soon.) & has only two themes-Light & Dark. I guess the reason behind the slow & delayed page load is due to less hardware acceleration & absence of background running.

Battery life tests gave the following results(streaming HD video loop): 7 hours. approx.


3:HTML & Flash rendering efficiency:


Both Edge & Chrome supports HTML5 standards & can play media without dependence of Flash or ActiveX (IE). But who scores better?



Chrome supports HTML5 the best, including better execution of HTML5 controls & settings.It supports popular HTML5video & audio formats like webm(VP8 & VP9),ogg,m4v,m4a. It doesn’t support H.265 codec & Dolby Audio format. It supports WebGL 1.0 but not WebGL 2.0.  Flash is completely supported.


Score: 492/555 points.



Edge also supports HTML5, & for the most part it’s good. But there are some serious compatibility issues. First of all, Edge doesn’t support webm & ogg.But suprisingly, it supports H.265 codec & Dolby Digital audio with Dolby Digital Plus! WebGL & animations API are supported, but not webp. Flash is supported completely, similar to Chrome.


Score: 433/500 points.


4:Basemark 3.0 Bechmark results:

Higher is better. 


CSS capabilities: 57.38

HTML5 standards: 95.14

Page Responsiveness: 93.19

Dynamic Resizing Score: 75.97



CSS capabilities: 57.11

HTML5 standards: 81.62

Page responsiveness: 91.94

Dynamic Resizing Score: 75.86



So who is the winner? Well, that depends.

From Page Rendering, there’s no winner.While Chrome parses element by element & displays it realtime, Edge parses it all at once & displays the complete page to the user & seems like the page has POPPed out to the user. Both are good in their own aspects. So decide yourself.


From Resource/Battery Usage test, the winner is: ‘Microsoft Edge!’. With the less battery intensive browsing & smoothness, Edge has clearly stumped Chrome & if you have a less powerful computer, go with MS Edge.


From HTML5 & Flash Rendering efficiency, the winner is ‘Google Chrome’ because it plays all common formats effortlessly with minimum buffering.


Although Edge beat Chrome in playback of certain formats like Dolby Digital Audio & H.265 encoded Videos, those formats are still not used by most websites.But we can say that Edge is future proof.But for the present, use Chrome.


The last one is benchmark test scores, & there the results are very much clear.


Thanks for reading!




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