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Is Edge the best performing browser on Windows 10? Microsoft thinks so.

Do you agree? Or is Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser more your speed?

Published onMay 26, 2021

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  • Microsoft claims Edge Chromium is now the fastest browser on Windows 10.
  • This comes after a slew of improvements and feature additions, including Startup Boost and Sleeping Tabs.
  • The next version of the browser should be released later this month.

Microsoft is rolling out the latest version of Edge on Windows 10 this week. Ahead of the browser version’s debut, the company is already claiming it to be the “best performing browser” on the platform.

In a blog post (h/t The Verge) shared during the Build developer conference, Microsoft’s Edge team highlights a slew of improvements to hit the browser in the past year. However, it earmarks explicitly two speed-focused additions.

For starters, Startup Boost allows Edge to preload core files to memory after boot. This reduces the time it needs to launch into action. The second, dubbed Sleeping Tabs, frees unnecessary resources held by background tabs, including ads. This month it’s “further improved and with up to 82% memory savings based upon internal data collected on our preview builds,” according to Microsoft.

What about the other Windows 10 browsers?

Microsoft doesn’t provide any head-to-head figures for Edge’s speed on Windows 10. Nevertheless, talking up the browser’s pace is in the company’s best interest, so take its claim with a pinch of salt. However, its recent versions have focused on improving efficiency.

Which browser do you prefer using on Windows 10?

646 votes

Edge is not the only Windows 10 browser intent on slimming down, though. Google Chrome is also gaining a new update this week. Version 91 brings a host of “fixes and improvements” with 32 security patches in tow. Notably, its March update had an acute focus on reducing RAM and GPU usage.

Mozilla Firefox’s latest release also focuses on bolstering privacy and security, but it’s also no slouch on Windows 10 either.

Microsoft’s Build conference runs until May 27, so expect more news about Windows 10 and the company’s other properties to appear this week. In the meantime, do you think Microsoft’s Edge claims are valid? Which browser do you prefer on Windows 10? Be sure to vote in our poll above!