Just a few days ago, Microsoft released a clever video claiming that its new Edge browser is the top web surfing platform around when it comes to optimizing laptop battery life, surpassing the likes of Opera and Chrome.
Well, it looks like Opera has something to say about that. According to the company, Opera’s new battery saving feature, which it launched last month, results in battery life being extended by a considerable amount when compared competing browsers. The company posted a blog post entitled “over the edge” that features a sassy Willy Wonka meme.
“Like most other engineering teams, we love it when someone picks a fight,” said Błażej Kaźmierczak, director of software development at Opera, in a recent post on the company’s official blog. “If we get beaten in a test like this, we consider it a bug.”
A Microsoft Edge programmer has Tweeted a response to Opera’s claims, stating that the test actually turns on an ad blocker that’s typically off by default. On the Microsoft side of things, Edge’s inability to take advantage of plugins like Firefox, Chrome and almost every browser on the market, is likely one of the main factors why Edge works well with battery life.
This test turned on an ad blocker, which is off by default. Not loading+rendering the same content in all browsers. https://t.co/fKTWxqkUuq
— Kyle Pflug (@kylealden) June 22, 2016
While Microsoft’s battery test video revealed flashy and impressive stats, the tech giant hasn’t revealed exactly what went into the testing process.
Let the browser battery life wars continue.