Microsoft claims that Edge beats rival browsers in video quality

Microsoft is once again out to demonstrate that its Edge browser is the best around, this time with the quality of video that you can watch. While the company has already put the browser's power efficiency to the test, it also wants to show that Edge can remain power efficient while delivering higher-quality video.

In one test, Microsoft found that Netflix sent video to Edge at both a higher resolution and bitrate than it did to competing browsers. From Microsoft:

In our video tests, not only was Microsoft Edge the most power efficient, but the premium video site we used also sent higher resolution and bitrate video to Microsoft Edge compared to the other browsers.The fact that Microsoft Edge received 1080p content in our power test means it actually ran a somewhat higher power draw than it otherwise would have playing 720p content like the other browsers.  Microsoft Edge provided the highest quality content and also delivered the longest battery life.

Microsoft also argues that its content protection system is better able to protect content from those that would pirate it, with the tools being built right into Windows 10. With system access and code close to the hardware, Microsoft says, Edge and Windows 10 can protect digital content in a more efficient manner.

Looking to the future, Microsoft is working to bring enhanced support not only for higher video resolutions, but also enhanced video features like High Dynamic Range (HDR). The company is also working with other industry leaders to develop next-generation video formats, codecs, and more, all with a mind to making Edge the best browser for these new and emerging formats as they appear.

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  • I don't know but Edge really lags and stutters on my machine whenever I try to play videos, even just on youtube.
  • Works just fine here :D
  • Mine did a few times on the last build on just a couple of sites. When I maximized the video it seems to stop the stuttering. I have not noticed since yesterday's build.
  • You're right. I'm using Edge right now on the latest build, and the videos somehow play and work smoothly now. I don't know, last time I used edge was three or four builds ago. hahaha. thanks! I'll try to do more testing.
  • If your an insider please give feedback on whatever problems you have.
  • And it doesn't consistently play all videos. Sometimes i have to switch to Opera.
  • Speaking of Opera, I hope we will have that similar or better pop-out floating window for videos. At the same time, we should have floating mini-window similar to picture-in-picture from iOS that app developers can take advantage for their UWA. Example use case is to have floating mini-window of Skype that is always on-top, which way more useful for mobile.
  • Opening any video from p@*nhub in full-screen mode on Edge is not smooth on my i5/8GB machine either! 
  • Bummer.
  • Don't know about Pornhub, but Redtube is smooth as butter on SP4 on TH2 on Edge.
  • Xvideos is super fast in edge. It downloads fast too. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Gaymidgetporn is even faster
  • Keep that gay fuckry away from me. I'm jamaican. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The closet ones always scream the loudest denials.
  • I don't know what you mean by that, but I'm really not interested in gay stuff. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • How inclusive. Nobody's forcing you to look at it and no one's shoving it in your face. Everyone talked about their preferred porn sites, and that person didn't do anything different. And that's not even going to your logical fallacy of being Jamaican having to do anything with this. Anyway, that sounded like a joke, if anything. I don't think such a website even exists (but who knows).
  • Just didn't want him to reply to my comment while doing it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Because Windows Central is not an open platform and works by your rules and people should be allowed to post only according to what you think is appropriate. Last time I checked, Windows Central wasn't like that and allowed anyone to reply to anyone. And it's common practice here to just reply to the latest message on a thread for multi-leveled replies. Go to Facebook if you want to delete replies from people.
  • Never said anything about deleting any comments. In fact I was leveraging the same nature of windows central you were talking about. I replied to his comment. Then you replied to my comment. I don't see what your problem is. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You weren't merely replying; you were ordering others to stop doing so. Do you really go around ordering people to do or not do things you want from them? I'm not here to make myself useful to YOU, but for the sake of others reading this, one important advantage of HTML5 is security -- Flash has infinite vulnerabilities. Then come performance and battery life as HTML5 is much lighter on system resources. And of course, HTML5 is a standard that advances not by some proprietary plug in and a company's whims. It works reliably on all modern devices including mobile, unlike Flash.
  • Not gonna continue to discuss this with you. Anyways respect for the html 5 clarification. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Anyways, make yourself useful, and tell me what's the advantage of html 5 over flash. The article is about Microsoft edge, and it uses an html 5 engine. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Works amazing here
  • After I completely disabled flash Edge is really responsive.
  • ^ This. How many people complaining about video studdering is actually watching video using Flash? Many web sites will feed flash videos rather than MP4 if flash is available because they can feed ads and have other control. With the Edge video player usually they work quite well.
  • Wow, I'm one of those that didn't even think about this (although I certainly didn't do any complaining). Just switched off flash, will see how that does with Edge and browsing.
  • Make sure you're using an official build and not insider builds.
  • Edge performans really well with new machines. But it s**k on my 5 year old laptop.  
  • They should have posted that chart on GWX prompt. That's how you win converts.
  • True if Microsoft says so
  • Back when Microsoft was talking about the power usage stats, all the media sites (engadget, verge, etc) was lit up with claims that Microsoft was lying, that Microsoft did the study and so they changed the machines to give themselves better results, that they picked and choosed the video to give them better results, and so on - evey excuse that they could create to invalidate the results. Microsoft gave the testing methods, set the display at a specific brightness, used the browsers unaltered from exactly how they are installed by default, and so on. But it didn't make a difference, the study was labeled faulty because Microsoft did it. Of course, the media didn't actually try it themselves, they just created the store that Microsoft was lying and impartial. A couple days later Opera did a study and said that they were the winner for battery life. The media was all to happy to report the different results. Of course, they forgot to question the Opera study when Opera was the one doing the tests. They forgot to report that Opera stated that they altered the settings to change how the results were generated and how they were behind Edge without that setting. How Opera selected a different video because they were losing on battery usage with the one Microsoft used, even with Opera's special setting. And so on. But Microsoft is the one that cannot be believed, because the media says so.
  • ^This
  • Unfortunately, media still have cold shoulder towards MS. In result, so does other people especially it's readers. This is why MS must not screw up with their public communication So it won't cause more fiasco than it is. MS must take care and really deliver something for the consumer market, which is currently their weak spot.
  • Do you have any clue of what your are talking about? what would you consider these (Windows, Office, Skype, Xbox, Surface, Games, Keyboards, mices, outlook mail, controller, )? Or for youcosumer market is = Phone!
  • Cool
  • i only use Edge, hell with Chrome and Firefox !
  • Opera is the best alternative though.
  • Indeed
  • Is it me or maybe i noticed this too.
  • I only use Edge too for home.  Work I still use Chrome and IE sometimes (mostly for RoboForm).  FireFox has become super bloated in recent years, I think.  I also don't like FF menu / Settings structure.
  • It's not Firefox is bloated, it's that it's 2016 and Firefox has YET to implement functional multithreading into their stable build. It's supposed to come 2-3 versions from now.
  • Ah thanks for clarifying
  • Edge might be bit better in video quality or more power efficient. But what is the point if UI/UX is the worst? :-/
  • Really ?... It has the simplest UI bro
  • I think that's the issue. The right-click menu is so barebones.
  • May good bones come to thee
  • I actually like the UI.
  • How is it the worst? It's very elegant and esthetically pleasing.
  • You're drunk. Edge UI is clean and beautiful Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This is indeed true, I get about five hours out of Edge watching Twitch stream but only four hours out of Chrome. And Chrome can't continuously deliver that 60 FPS stream. Streaming Amazon Prime videos, Edge can play 1080P with no hiccups, but Opera often experience lost frames.
  • HEVC?
  • Now, I think Edge just needs some memory usage optimizations and it will be ready for primetime.
  • Coming in RS2, haha.
  • While I agree with the battery saving my experience regarding video quality on some questionable websites has been the opposite. Try running any video from p@*nhub in full screen mode in Edge and Chrome and it will be smoother in Chrome than Chrome. I still hate Google though - Run chrome exclusively in incognoto mode when I need to!
  • Wait ... what? Better in Chrome than in Chrome? :D
  • I'm still skeptical about it. Not sure why facebook stops responding on Edge while work perfectly on chrome.
  • A lot of sites that have issues on Edge are because they present Edge content reserved for IE8-11 instead of code reserved for Chrome/Safari/Firefox.
  • on my laptop chrome, firefox and opera can do 3h edge not even 0, because there are 0 support for my os
  • The install W10 and enjoy the superior OS.
  • What I miss from Edge is:
    - pin to taskbar
    - print settings/preview
    - seriois download manager
    - log on to my rpi3 with w10T
  • Add usable bookmark management to that list
  • Add usable bookmark management to that list
  • Yea it can't automatically pause and resume downloads when the connection fluctuates. But it downloads porn from xvideos lightning fast. Even on mobile. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hey WC, please do an article on new features in Edge in the anniversary update
  • All irrelevant when managing bookmarks is such a bad experience that you cant really use this browser ... at least for me that was why I switched
  • I remember these type of small contest in the WP side. Remember those unofficial Ben comparo?
  •   It may depend on the GPU/CPU combo I can play Forza 6 Apex in one screen and have Slingbox video/YouTube/Hulu or whatever video running on the other and there is no hiccup.  I have GTX970/i7.  Zero issues At work I have an FX570/Core2 Duo that I use pretty much for video while at work as I am waiting for builds or something else to happen and even on that low-end PC, not issues.
  • True, same with IE. Dailymotion quality on Chrome is poor. Of course you need a good GPU to utilise better video quality.
  • Now Opera will say their browser do streaming better by using old 5-years old laptops on Windows 10, Lenovo, instead of Surface Book as they did with battery tests telling that Opera is the best.
  • Microsoft can claim whatever they want. A browser without extension/add-ons is just a joke. Hopefully developers are more wiling to deliver for edge than they were for windows phone. It's again MS being years behind. A look into the windows store doesn't help to expect a bright future for the browser because nobody seems to be interested in programming for windows. Microfsft failed so unbelievably terribe in the consumer markets. So let's prepare to hail our future masters from Google and maybe Apple. I hate this.
  • For anyone interested i. Speeding up browsing and stuff. In Edge url bar type "about:flags", without quotes. There are options you can play with. Disable flash and enable fast tcp open. You can also use custom hosts file to block ads and nasties from auto opening. Wish this was available on mobile.
  • Yes, that's all nice, but all we needed was AdBlock, which will finally come soon :) And to make Edge even better, make built-in ad blocker :)
  • Good news
  • My anecdotal evidence says this is true. I have a much better experience with Amazon and Hulu in Edge over Chrome.
  • Yep, I've always noticed this. Edge has far better video playing experience than other browsers for me.
  • It's the same for me too! Google likes to redirect me in edge on youtube to google chrome, I never go threw for a few reasons. Except I like the way webpages look on edge better, plus I have noticed the video quality is much better in edge!
  • i have nothing but problems with edge on all my machines ... its hangs so much no matter the machine or network.
  • I actually just randomly decided to make the switch to Edge on all my machines.  It takes some getting used to but it is not as bad as most people think.  There are some sites that I cannot use properly yet but I am waiting for the anniversary update of Windows 10 so that I can get extensions and then, I hope, there should be no need for Firefox or Chrome so much for my usual tasks.
  • The key thing here is "microsoft claims"  thats like saying the easter bunny beats santa claus in popularity.   Microsoft also claims they are not killing off mobile,  but we all know the difference,  like it or not.