Forget about Internet Explorer, because Microsoft has replaced it with Edge, a browser which was codenamed Project Spartan. It’s the default browser in Windows 10, but the users are free to install and use any another browser. If you’re curious which one is better between Edge, Chrome and Firefox, below we’ll compare all three browsers and give you a winner.
Speed and performance
The reviewers from LaptopMag ran some tests on a Surface Pro 3 tablet running on an Intel Core i5 and these are the results for each of the three browsers:
Chrome: Peacekeeper – 298.3ms; SunSpider – 298.3ms; Speed-Battle – 704.14; Browsermark – 5356; ESPN Load Time – 04:67; TomsGuide Load Time – 02:22.
Firefox: Peacekeeper – 4661; SunSpider – 227.0 ms; Speed-Battle – 1116.16; Browsermark – 4357; ESPN Load Time – 04:59; TomsGuide Load Time – 04:90.
Chrome has a cleaner interface, fewer buttons for Back, Forward, Refresh, Favorite and Settings, and there is the normal search/URL bar which stretches from the left to right top side.
Edge comes with extra buttons which include Reading Mode, Hub, Make a Web Note, Share and More actions, which you’ll notice on the right side.
Firefox comes with a bar for URLs and a bar for Search, which can be removed, in order to free up some space. Its buttons include Favorite, Download, Home and Menu, which are placed on the right side, at the end of the two bars. Firefox allows you to add plug-ins for Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn, while Edge’s native Share button allows you to add channels and through them, you can share pages.
Some of Chrome’s add-ons can run offline and they integrate with many Google servicers (Google Drive and Tags for YouTube). Besides, it has many common features as Firefox, while others are exclusive, such as Phone to Desktop, with which you can send texts or links to your desktop browser.
Chrome offers you to ability to cast out to your TV using the Chromecast video streamer. In addition, you can sync your browsing history, open tabs and saved passwords and access them on any device you’re signing into, to pick up from where you left off.
Firefox’s syncing feature requires you to sign into your Firefox Account, but it has other cool features as well. With Hello, you can make video conferences within the browser, and you can see your contacts and share your tabs with them.
Edge comes with Cortana, the intelligent personal assistant which has been integrated into the browser, to help you search for information on the internet, without typing the question or a word. The assistant will take voice commands and will help you find out any information that interests you.
Chrome is our winner because it has many special features, a great standards support and extensibility, and its performance is good enough. Plus, the interface isn’t crowded.