Microsoft Edge browser performance is shown as solid in independent tests

The Microsoft Edge web browser that will be included with Windows 10 was built from the ground up to be a better web experience than the older Internet Explorer. A recent independent look at how the current version of Edge performs against its competition, including Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox, shows that it compares well against those two browsers, and outperforms both IE 11 and the January version of Edge, which was released until its old code name "Project Spartan".

Browser performance chart

The testing was handled by AnandTech, which used a number of benchmarks, such as SunSpider, Octane 2.0 and HTMLTest, running on a PC with an Intel Core i7-860 processor. It stated:

"In every single instance, Microsoft Edge outperformed Project Spartan from back in January which is a good sign. It is the quickest browser in Google's Octane 2.0 benchmark, and by a good margin. It is still the slowest in WebXPRT 2013 though. One of the biggest improvements though was the WebGL performance in the Oort Online benchmark, which went from terrible to good.""The other browsers have not been sitting idle though, and in that time they have also made gains in their performance. But the story is still a good one for Edge. It really is right up there with the rest of the browsers in terms of performance. It is quicker in some workloads, and slower in others, but generally performance should not be an issue. It still falls behind in the HTML5 test, but it has made big improvements there as well."

You can check out the full article at AnandTech for more info.

Source: AnandTech

96 Comments
  • In the latest build, you still can't tab out of YouTube videoes, and you can't open tabs in new windows :/  As such, I just downloaded Chrome.
  • In the latest build of Chrome, you still can't keep Google from swiping every bit of information about you and selling it to the highest, lowest, and every other bidder in between.
  • Lol
  • funny .....
  • Who exactly do you think Google is selling your information to? Google builds a profile on it's users, and uses that profile of interests and information to serve that user tailored ads. If Google were to sell the information used to serve you ads, only competitors of Google would buy that information. Why on Earth would you sell your competitors your advantage?
  • LOL Bring on the downvotes for pointing out provable, factual information! Sorry for breaking up the anti-Google circlejerk and hurting your feelings folks!
  • Please let them have their illogical, dumb and paranoid thoughts :)
  • You're extreamly naive if you think Google don't sell your information.
  • You're naive to think a company is going to give it's business model, information, and primary way of making money to it's competitors. 
  • I can't believe it.  I just discovered a living breathing definition of naive!  And you ain't even a governor. lol.
  • They sell the information about Americans to the north Korean 's
  • ... They sell data to a lot a places that would surprise you.    Did you know that in many countries, with less legal protections, Google sells every bit of information they have on users to the local governments?  I know people that fled a country in Africa, and were hunted down and killed in France, and the data trail was provided to their killers by Google, because in that country, when the information was requested, Google complied as long as they got paid. Even a few years ago when Google made news by 'fighting' back against the USA and NSA, it wasn't about providing the data, it was about two main things. 1) The NSA was inside Google's networks without their knowledge. and 2) Google wanted to be paid for the information provided.  The court cases and legal fights went away when the US Government agreed to pay Google for access to the data they requested. (They stopped fighting for 'users' when they got paid for the information.) To this day, Microsoft is the only major company that has not sold or given the US government information without warrants and court orders.   Want another story?  It isn't about Google just selling ads or creating a profile for you, they use what you do to follow massive 'big data' trends, and then leverage this information to control markets, make money through side entities and even harm competitors.   When Google sees a spike for product XYZ based on your emails and your internet access added up with millions of other users, they invest in or buy into the supply line of product XYZ, and make a lot of money because you are willing to give them your information for free.  
  • Well-written and as they say, "The truth is stranger than fiction". Google has become the opposite of "Do no harm". In fact, not sure that was ever their goal and instead was a "Nothing to see here" defense. Instead, they need to change it to "Do no harm, but always get paid by those who do".
  • You just nailed it my friend. This why I have moved away from all things Google.
  • Well said!
  • You can dismiss his comments, but the reality of the situation is that general people will care far more about usability than their privacy. They'll need to keep it all nailed down to continue to succeed. That said, I enjoy Edge and interchange between it and chrome. Once lastpass is available, I'll probably switch over completely. But that won't be till like October at the earliest! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • LASTPASS is ALREADY AVAILABLE... https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9WZDNCRFJ3QK
  • he is talking about add-ons support in Edge
  • best category chrome will take like a king. =)
  • I seems never had a issue like yours, but I do had some difficulties like radom shut off the windows though.
  • When using Edge, just drag a tab into an open space and it becomes a separate window. For a new window hit Ctrl & N. It's pretty easy to do :)
  • I always preferred IE11 over other browsers... I guess its time to change the way I think...
  • Ie11 just looked beautiful, and ran well sometimes since it was integrated in the OS. But the other browsers always outperformed ie11. Edge looks great and runs great so it will be my go to to for sure now!
  • So this is the reality as compared to those ridiculous figures they claimed.
  • One would think Internet Explorer was more than adequate to gather information on what is needed for the next browser. Bam!... Oh wait. It's no better. Yes it's New but Microsoft is not new. People behind it are not new to this game. If they had to replace IE, they should have had more than just inking as a new feature. I'm sure that will show up on other browsers soon. Than what "Edge" would Microsoft have over others. It's not going to be performance... as they will improve with time as well.
  • Ehm what numbers are you commenting? Guess you can't read....
  • You must not be able to read lol. It is equally as good and sometimes better than the other browsers. There isn't going to be a problem with performance, where it has the age over other browsers is in it's functions, features, integration with windows, and appearance. So basically it is better than other browsers over all. I love Firefox, but now edge will be my main browser. Chrome is consistently the most resource heavy regardless if what the numbers say though, that's why so many people have been hating Chrome the past year.
  • they didn't lie... only showed where they are better (sunspider/octane).. like everyone does...
  • 'reality'? WTH are you talking about.
      The numbers Microsoft released are almost the same as these tests.  If you drop down to a slower CPU machine, the performance of Edge over Chrome increases, as it does better by using available cores more efficiently and agnostically along with GPU compute features that Chrome does not. (The same is true of IE11.) This is why a slow Atom processor running IE11 can do 60fps in a lot of CSS3/HMTL5 dynamic and graphical content tests, where Chrome can barely push out 1-3fps on the same tests.   On the Intel Core i7, there is very little difference, as there is plenty of CPU for Chrome; however, when you get to a slower CPU, you cannot expect the same consumer experience with Chrome.  (The same is true of Safari, Opera, Firefox, etc. - Due to how Chrome and other browsers are designed, they are CPU heavy and are a document/display technology, where IE9/10/11 and Edge use a new model of compile/run. This means IE9-11 and Edge takes even static HTML text and treats it like code and then allows it to 'run', where the other browsers treat content like a document it has to keep rendering. This was a major change with IE9, which you can read about on the IE blogs, and it is new way of thinking about browsers and how they present web content.  It is also why some graphic/dynamic content sites run over 500 times faster on IE than other browsers.)  Test this yourself, find the slowest machine you can and run tests on Chrome and IE11.
  • Interesting and thanks. I hadn't thought about how performance differences might change on different hardware.
  • i wont be able to make the change until i'm able to export everything from lastpass to Edge... also some group tab implementation firefox style wont hurt
  • Firefox is the boss. I so want to make Edge my go to browser but Firefox is slightly ahead in terms of functionality.
  • But not too far ahead. I'll have both in my pc, and try to use edge as my go to unless absolutely need to use Firefox, I'm sure at some point edge will edge ahead haha.
  • Group Tabs is a must to have on Edge too! I really love those on Firefox.
    They want their Edge browser to advertise as for productivity, they should implement this.
  • Yeah, for me: I need LastPass and their other product: XMarks for syncing my bookmarks and tabs across computer and browsers (especially Firefox and the MS browser). Maybe I won't need XMarks if I can truly shift to Edge for everything, but that seems unlikely. I like to use multiple browsers for certain tasks, because that keeps the cookies and active tasks separate. For example, if I'm planning a trip and start setting up a flight on Expedia and realize I want to run a parallel check for another flight, I MUST use another different browser, or the second search will clobber the first, even if I open a whole new window of the original browser. Currently: my use probably breaks down as: IE: 65%
    Firefox: 30%
    Chrome: 5% (avoid Google when possible to minimize the info they have on me) And across all of those LastPass and Xmarks give me full password and bookmark seemlesly. But I don't use XMarks with Chrome, because then Google would see my bookmarks.
  • Lol
  • In IE11, used to get an option to download uploaded videos in Facebook (in m.facebook.com link) in all pages when we click on video.
    Now in Edge we cant do so :( that feature was very useful in IE11.
  • using Edge reading this right now.
  • You may have reached the limits of it's functionality. /s
  • You mean you can use Edge to read articles, and can't use Edge to watch video, use office online etc. I think you need to check your head.
  • I have used office online via OneDrive... And I haven't had any problems watching videos on mobile or desktop. So I'm confused my your comment.
  • I wonder how the stack up against the others in terms of html5 and css3 standards compliance... Microsoft has been bad about this in the past.
  • Html5 was in the chart above, it's not as good as chrome or Firefox yet but much better than ie11.
  • Since IE9, Microsoft has been good about this, which is going on 5 years now.  Right now IE11 is more 'standards' compliant than Chrome or Safari (as they both break standards to implement their own functionality, and IE11 in non-compatibility mode does not.)   Even IE5 and IE6 when released, they were the most 'standards' compliant browsers ever built.  It was the 'extra' features in IE5/6 that Microsoft submitted to the W3C that got rejected because of pressure from Sun and IBM which later made them less 'standards' compliant.  
  • DO NOT TRUST HTML5TEST.COM. It's an erronous example of truth.  Literally on their website they state they simply give random scores, well not random, they peg a number to each feature.  But the feature is random.  Giving 5points or 1 point or 3 points.  They give points out that are NOT html5 specs.  Example OGG Theora Support.  There is many many more. Got to the site, see for yourself.  There is some specs in there also that are entirely Google dependent code/support, and they GIVE points to support this Google ONLY code. There is nothing on the web, that is coded for all users, that the Edge will not display.
  • That picture does show Edge as clean, simple and elegant.
  • Which it is! :)
  • Until another browser offers the flexibililty in handling cookies in real time that Firefox does I'm not moving. . .
  • Can't wait for the extension support. Hopefully it will be less of a resource ho than Firefox.
  • Firefox isn't the resource hog, that I'd Ie11 and chrome. That's pretty widely known knowledge. Firefox is currently the lightest browser on resources other than edge. Both are great browsers though. I used ie11 as my main browser even though it was the most resource intensive.
  • Currently using IE to reply: This article is open on each one.  Opening Order, Edge, IE 11, Chrome, FF. FF is on the latest build from their site, no bloat, no pull-in from other browsers, as fresh as any consumer will get.  Here are the results, pic included. http://i.imgur.com/jbzPI4I.png
  • That is awesome that Edge was the meat resource intensive on your machine I hope it's that way for me too, I haven't checked. But chrome has widely been known as the most resource intensive of modern browsers, and that has always been my experience too. Sadly not near a computer. My phone can't do the same results ;).
  • That title belongs to Chrome. It may seem ironic but Firefox despite of customizations, its way lighter now that Chrome.
  • Yeah chrome is ridiculously resource heavy and slow.
  • Does every tab have it's own process? What I love about Chrome. 
  • Yes.
  • Yes it is.
  • IE also puts each tab in its own process.    This feature first appeared in IE7 back in 2006 (Vista).  At this time, Microsoft was still helping Google by giving them reference designs for Chrome to secure it to be more like IE7 with process isolation, brokering, etc. (Chrome copied the tab process isolation directly from IE7, and later even revised how they implemented it to copy the updates in IE8.)    
  • I literally hated that chrome had a new process for each tab, chrome is the most resource intensive browser other than ie11 and this is one of the reasons. That is pretty widely known. The only thing nice about tabs with their own process is being able ti close them in the task manager if they aren't responding. I never use chrome now, I hate how resource heavy it is. Only use edge, Firefox and opera now. Opera is built off the chrome system but is much better on resources, and even looks better, try it out!
  • Yeh but I don't care since I use a Desktop PC that I built myself and I can have 40 tabs open and it uses less than 5%.
  • Yup
  • Chrome doesn't just have a separate process for every tab, it starts processes for each plugin as well.
  • In earlier builds of Edge I noticed one tab would take everything down. Not sure if that is still the case.
  • Nope, not anymore
  • I'm so invested in firefox add ons it's really hard to switch. I'll still give edge a try, after it becomes a bit stable.
  • It is very stable now :) I'm not in the same circumstance as you because i only use like 3 extensions on firefox, but it wasn't hard for me to switch to edge as my daily browser. But I still have Firefox installed for when I need it.
  • I just miss an adblock plugin and the ability to switch search engines. I would love to search with duckduckgo (from where I can choose to search with bing, wikipedia, facebook, ...).
  • You can switch default search engines. It is in Settings >> View advanced settings >> "Search in the address bar with".
  • You can give it a try, at least for more casual browsing. Though in my case Edge isn't fully stable. It tends to crash bit often. Especially here in Windows Central, writing comments freezes up Edge and crashes all tabs.
  • Me too. I probably lose half my browsing productivity when I can't use my lovely Firegestures.
  • ops
  • "...It still falls behind in the HTML5 test..."   HTML5TEST.COM is NOT an HTML5 test. I know this comes from another site, but it wouldn't hurt to correct their idiocy. 1) It doesn't actually check for the features, so a browser can lie to the test. 2) It doesn't use HTML5 standards or even W3C proposed standards. 3) It is a made up test that checks for things that have NOTHING to do with HTML5 like Ogg and VP8 support.   Because MIcrosoft is STICKING to standards, they will NEVER score well on this test, as it is NOT STANDARDS BASED.    
  • Still no ability to mute tabs with audio playing. Come on Microsoft! Chrome users are laughing at us over this now.
  • and Paste and Go....also notice how the context menu is different in the same app. Right click on the address bar and right click on the page...notice how inconsistent in design it is.
  • Paste and Go should come back. We had it from Modern IE11. Tab muting is incredibly a must now. They should bring that together when they first introduce sound icon on tabs. Still where is that tab preview they always show on their ads.
  • Sound icons already are on the tabs, just no way to mute. Yes we also need paste and go back that was great.
  • That's the only thing I've noticed inconsistent. I never need to right click the address bar for anything so it isn't a big deal to me. Paste and go was great, we do need that back!
  • Cool
  • Despite all these results, sites still take more time to load/render compared to other browsers. I guess I will hold judgement till the 29th once I have it on the XPS13. Currently running the RTM on a 2 yr old Lenovo Ideapad S405 so may be the processor is to blame for the slow load times...or not !
  • HTML 5 TEST: which does not actually test the W3C HTML 5 spec but instead it picks whatever non standard google webkit/blink markup it deems "important"
  • Chrome 43 is actually better in 60% of the tests...    In other news, I compared my 830 running WP8.1 and 640 running WM10 and did some side by side tests because I thought Edge was slow.  The outcome of browsing many sites was that Edge is basically the same speed as IE: sites come up around the same time on each.  To me this was really disappointing as I was hoping for speed gains.  Sunspider test was faster, but only by 20% or so and the end result made no difference to real world use. Now a lot of WM10 feels very fast and fluid, Edge is letting it down.  I really hope they can optimize it more.
  • Edge still missing some feature. I used Maxthon everyday. Chrome's just for watch 360 YouTube videos, but damn, i just installed it yesterday.
  • Well it may be fast but it still lacks so many essential features that I'm afraid that Edge will be forgotten soon. They really need to catch-up quickly while there's still a hype. Don't let down the people Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Edge with all the ads loading is slower than dial up! Compare Firefox with the Adblock Plus extension installed for the fastest browser. Even Internet Explorer 11 with Adblock Plus installed runs circles around Edge. Unless Edge allows Extensions to block time consuming ads stifling load time the browser will be unusable. As a Windows Insider I find Windows 10 excellant with the exception of Edge which freezes, hangs, and crashes. See Windows Feedback for confirmation.
  • Windows feedback really doesn't confirm that... People just want some functions, but people aren't primarily complaining about the speed at all. I know it hasn't been slow for me, especially compared to chrome which is the slowest browser which is widely known for being the slowest and most resource intensive other than ie11. But I still loved ie11.
  • I hate to disagree but looking in feedback under Catagories: Microsoft Edge and IE: Microsoft Edge - Browser crashes or hangs, see trending and recent posts regarding the issue I was referring to. For now I will continue to use Firefox until Edge allows extensions and full browser customizations. EDIT: maybe today's "Hot Fix" has resolved the freeze, hang, crash issue. I have not checked yet.            
  • You've not been reading MY feedback to them, then.  It lags all the time, forgets that I'm typing something (blogging is a disaster when I use Edge) and crashes randomly.  Plus, the entire interface is just plain UGLY.
  • Agree!  If anyone disagrees, I suggest visit www.sfgate.com and with Chrome and Edge and see for yourself.
  • But still facebook page doesn't run well on edge.. Its worse than IE now.. Its near finalisation but no improvement
  • That is just a flipping lie.  Edge on the latest W10 build on my test machine performs HORRIBLY.  It lags frequently, forgets what I'm typing (or even THAT I'm typing) and crashes randomly.  What a joke.  I never had any issues with IE.
  • It's not a lie, it's just that benchmark score often don't have anything to do with real world performance.
  • Include Whats App in Windows 10
  • Internet Edge better not freeze and crash the way Explorer currently does. 
  • Performance doesn't matter.  However, I take these benchmarks with a grain of sald: 1.  They always use high end CPUs, which are absent in the vast majority of Consumer PCs 2.  They always use Intel CPUs, which are absent in quite a bit of Consumer PCs. So the performance is going to be lower on people with lower end CPUs, and people with AMD APUs becasue the software is likely developed and tested largely on higher end equipment, anyways.  This is a common issue with benchmarks as well as in other markets like Game Development (which is why games are often unplayable even if you surpass the minimum requirements, in many cases). On top of that, it's losing by decent to significant margins on a number of tests compared to the latest versions of both Chrome and Firefox. So, even given the FUD being spread here about Chrome, you can still get an arguably better browser (technically speaking) in Firefox and completely avoid the "Google Snoop" people are harping on about. And that's ignoring the fact that most people don't give a shit about performance, because virtually all browsers perform well on their current machines.  I don't even use a 3rd party browser on my Dell Notebook because IE11 performs well enough and I don't use any Add-Ins, so the need for another browser is NIL.  However, a lot of people do use Add-Ins in their browsers (LastPass, AdBlock, etc.) and the lack of an Add-In for Spartan is going to put it behind the competition out of the gate in that people are not going to care to switch from Chrome/Firefox to Spartan because they aren't going to want to lose those Add-In capabilities. Spartan is still missing a number of convenience features in the favor of gimmicks like anotating on Web Sites...
  • Edge is, by far, the worst browser I have had to use (and I have used Netscape Navigator). It freezes for no reason whatsoever, takes forever to come back to responsiveness, if it does, and just simply goes away if it doesn't.   I need something reliable for work, as I often need to configure Cisco WAPs or web into CUCM.  I'll be using Chrome for this now, as I cannot rely on Edge.
  • No decent conversation here - too many of M$ shills. You might have a loud voice now, but I remember the same phenomenon when the Surface and Surface RT were released. Edge is shit.