Surprise surprise! Microsoft is touting its Internet Explorer 10 browser as the most energy efficient browser on Windows 8. Microsoft obtained this achievement via the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at Fraunhofer USA.
“When compared to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer uses up to 18% less energy. This means that if every Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox user in the United States switched to Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 for a year, the energy saved could power over 10,000 households in the United States for that year,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.
According to the data, Internet Explorer 10 consumed the lowest amount of energy when compared to Firefox or Chrome. This was based on scenarios where users would browse the most popular websites in the United States, played video content via Adobe Flash Player, and played video content via HTML5 video. Microsoft even adds that playing Adobe Flash video on laptop PCs running Internet Explorer 10 was 18% more energy efficient than Chrome. Internet Explorer 10 was 17% more efficient that Firefox when playing HTML5 video.
Since power consumption is so important to Microsoft, the software giant has focused on making Internet Explorer fast, which ultimately means less power consumed. Microsoft also tapped into modern PC hardware to accelerate Internet Explorer rendering, since native graphics hardware decreases power consumption.Further reading: IE10, Internet Explorer, Windows 8