The browser wars are over, people, and Microsoft Edge is the winner. So says Microsoft, however, which decreed Edge 91, which would be released before the end of the week, is the king of Windows 10 browsers.
Microsoft made the claim to blog post aimed at developers (and, let's be honest, also non-developers), saying that its re-equipped browser "takes performance to the next level" due to some key updates.
"You're interested in developer tools, but we also know you want great experiences when people use your website or app, and browser performance is key to that. Since the latest release, we've added new features to increase browser performance and thanks to that Microsoft Edge will be the best performing browser in Windows 10 when Microsoft Edge version 91 is released later this week! "says Microsoft.
From Microsoft daring claim (see what I did there?) is rooted in part in a feature called Startup boost. What this does is load certain browser processes into the background so that Edge starts the engine a little faster, and according to Microsoft, that doesn’t mean the expense of being a resource pig when the Edge browser windows are open.
Microsoft also noted the Edge sleep tab feature. This frees up resources from inactive tabs (those that are not at the top) to increase performance when using multiple tabbed sites during a browsing session.
Sleeping tabs are not a new feature. However, Microsoft continues to tweak the underlying code and claims that Edge 91 offers the best version to date, as data collected from its preview versions shows 82% memory savings.
"It does this by suspending ads immediately when you place tabs in the background to save resources instantly. Sleeping tabs also have additional enhancements to save system resources in Windows," explains Microsoft.
That’s a big deal, if true, especially with Chrome having a reputation for being a memory pig. Chrome, by the way, is also rolling out a version 91 release this week, though it seems mostly focused on security fixes (Google paid tens of thousands of dollars to bug hunters for a number of security fixes implemented in Chrome 91).
Edge is actually a very good browser these days, since the review. Is it the best? We may need to look at this further, as our money continues to make Firefox the best browser for PC gamers. What we can say is that Edge is the fastest growing browser in terms of market share, going from 0.6% to 8% over the course of 12 months. There is still a big gap between Chrome and Chrome, although the advantage no longer seems insurmountable.