chrome to edge

disclaimer: I’m still in the middle of discovering Edge. This post will be updated once I found something new. Some of the info might be outdated, or wrong. Don’t blame me. blame my young and dumb version

As I answered some random questions from a friend, she suddenly wondered why I managed to keep my laptop battery life lasting that stable. I didn’t realize I was doing such a thing. I just simply did. by shutting down the laptop once I’ve done with my work. by closing the browser. by reducing the ratio of opening too many tabs at once.

‘Maybe you should consider switching to Edge instead of Chrome, chị’, I typed. ‘I heard it received good feedback lately’.

‘How come?’, she asked.

Then it struck me. oh yeah, how come?

and my head popped up some questions

  1. How Edge outweigh Chrome in battery life optimization
  2. What is Edge’s fewer resource
  3. What is Chromium open-source browser
  4. How can Edge become outstanding at privacy feature

If you read some of my previous blog posts, you’ll know my duo bro. And yes, I remind his daily eye dropping for a reason.

How Edge outweigh Chrome in battery life optimization

Chrome is bloated with features. And with more features, that comes with more resources to process data. Not to mention pre-rendering - a feature/ bug (Idk, you decide) that allows Chrome to pre-load the webpages it predicts a user might need.

This costs RAM, a lot. And affects the battery. When was the last time you check which app is using significant energy?

What is Edge’s fewer resource

Edge and its rumored theory on fewer resources Edge resolved ‘iframes’ - a mini web page embedded inside other web pages, usually for advertisements and embedded content.

I wouldn’t dive that down to the technical side because let’s be frank, I haven’t done any JavaScript code in my entire life. I have no idea how tf that thing works. All I can extract from the research is that Edge has figured a method that throttles JavaScript timers for iframes and stops them from calculating animations that will never be seen. It removes the resources for loading these iframes. And scale down your risk of consuming too much battery.

Chromium open-source browser

Each browser comes with a core - to handle the core task of a browser. Chromium is an open-source browser for building this core.

From Chromium, Google developed the features and built up Google Chrome. While Firefox was using its self-built Quantum (based on Rust), Safari relied on Apple’s Webkit.

Edge wasn’t that wise back then. It took Edge a while to finally adopt Chromium for its core in early 2020. And of course, Edge dragged a lot of attention.

and fyi, Chromium is a forked version from Apple’s Webkit.

Edge and its privacy feature

At the end of the day, each browser wins at some points. Firefox and Edge claim to be the best at performance speed. Safari sweeps people off their feet due to the smooth UX from Apple’s ecosystem.

But not Chrome. Along with the bloated feature, Chrome’s most well-known red flag is tracking and collecting everything from users, which raises a security concern.

another fyi, Brave can also be considered once it comes to security issues. some people even leverage this for black-market trading or some kind of deep web.

but I’ll leave that for another post.