Back at the end of June, Microsoft released a video that stirred up a bit of a hornet’s nest. In it, the Redmond-based company said Edge, its new Windows 10 browser, was more energy efficient than the competition. In particular, the company singled out Chrome, which, according to its own data, fared particularly poorly in battery life tests.
On Tuesday, two-and-a-half months later, Google released its own video comparison. In the clip, the latest version of Chrome plays Vimeo videos non-stop for 10 hours and 39 minutes, two hours and 12 minutes longer than the older version 46 release from partway through 2015.
In the blog post accompanying the video, the search giant doesn’t mention Microsoft in so many words, but given that Google decided to run its own test on two Surface Books, the same computer Microsoft used in its showcase, the implication here is pretty clear.
That said, the video doesn’t actually refute Microsoft’s claims; it simply shows that the latest release of Chrome is less of a drain on laptop battery life than the version Google had out a year ago.
Still, that’s a fact worth celebrating, and, in any case, whether someone ends up using Chrome or Edge as their main browser, their day-to-day experience will differ from staged tests.