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Google Uses Surface Books To Show Off Chrome Battery Improvements (windowscentral.com) 37

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Windows Central: Google has posted a new video showing how much it has improved battery life while using Chrome on Windows. It demonstrated those changes in a video that featured the web browser on Microsoft's Surface Book notebooks. The video test was based on running a Vimeo video on Chrome 46, which was released in 2015, and the same video running on Chrome 53, which was released last week. The Surface Book with Chrome 46 ran out of battery power after 8 hours and 27 minutes, while the same notebook running Chrome 53 shut down in 10 hours and 39 minutes, or over 2 hours later. Chrome 53 also features Material Design, a user interface that "makes more liberal use of grid-based layouts, responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects such as lighting and shadows." You can force the update to Chrome 53 by navigating to the about section of Chrome.
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Google Uses Surface Books To Show Off Chrome Battery Improvements

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Chrome is a pile of shit. Google needs to go back to what they do best, spying on you and customizing your advertisement experience... such as running Ashley Madison ads on the screen every time your wife walks in the room.

    • Chrome is a pile of shit. Google needs to go back to what they do best, spying on you and customizing your advertisement experience... such as running Ashley Madison ads on the screen every time your wife walks in the room.

      I suggest you use a incognito window and VPN when cheating on your wife.

  • Dumbest rivalry ever (Score:3, Informative)

    by LichtSpektren ( 4201985 ) on Wednesday September 07, 2016 @09:06AM (#52840035)
    Microsoft sounded incredibly daft when they bragged about how the one thing about Edge that doesn't suck is its low battery usage. Then of course their monopolistic tendencies came out (again) when they decided to show a warning message to Windows 10 users who opened Firefox or Chrome by telling them that those browsers will use all your battery life and you'd better use Edge if you knew what was good for you.

    So this whole "browser battery life" war is nothing but an excuse for Microsoft's "DOS isn't done 'til Lotus won't run" tactic. This should be responded to with antitrust investigations and legal fines.

    Instead Google is playing along and trying to show how great Chrome is on Windows 10's battery life. This is a losing war, Google. You're fighting a winter war against Russia here. Nobody uses Edge because they legitimately are concerned about their laptop battery life.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Oh, and one more thing. If Microsoft really cared about Windows 10's battery life, they wouldn't make it push megabytes of unethically collected user data to over a hundred domains by the hour.
      • Uhuh - turn Siri and Bing off and the thing will run 24 hours.
      • by cjjjer ( 530715 )

        If Microsoft really cared about Windows 10's battery life...

        Actually they do, by calling out Google they forced them (Google) to fix the problem.

        I guess your peer driven hatred towards all things Microsoft and your fanboi lust for Google makes you pretty blind somtimes. It's ok most people probably ignore your dribble anyway...

        Enjoy watching the Apple Event today...

        • by Rob Y. ( 110975 )

          I think his point was about Microsoft having their OS pop up a window telling you not to use Chrome. It's one thing to fix a battery life issue. And feel free to advertise it. But it's another thing for your monopoly OS (yes, it's still a monopoly) to warn you off of competing applications that you launched on your own - and probably went through some effort to install.

          And don't forget that the only reason they want you to use Edge is to choke off Google's income stream so they won't be able to continue

      • by DAldredge ( 2353 )
        Funny none of my network monitoring systems show this data transfer. Could it be that Microsoft hacked my Cisco switch, my router, and the Linux VM I use for monitoring?
    • Whats this warning message you speak of? I solely run Chrome on both my Surface Pro 3 and my Surface Book and havent ever seen a warning message telling me to use Edge instead...

      • I don't use Windows 10, I'm going off of this: https://tech.slashdot.org/stor... [slashdot.org]
      • by Scoth ( 879800 )

        I'm not sure exactly when/how it triggers, but the first time I tried running Chrome when it wasn't default on a brand new Windows 10 install I got a popup that extolled the virtues of Edge and I really, really should give it a try. Pretty please, etc. Dismissed it and made Chrome default and haven't seen it again.

        • by Rob Y. ( 110975 )

          So if Chrome ends up surpassing Edge in battery life, will that message still show up?

    • Dumb? Anytime pissing contests lead to better tools I count it as a win.

    • Also the fact that Google is much more nimble than Microsoft is. A complaint that Google is Bad in X. means Google will fix X very rapidly.

      Also as of Note.
      Checking the HTML 5 Compatibility
      Chrome 53 Scores 500 out of 555
      While Edge Scores 460 out of 555
      Chrome had the Score under 460 back during version 40

      I will say that Edge has finally passed Safari.

      • by Merk42 ( 1906718 )

        I will say that Edge has finally passed Safari.

        Safari is the new IE, and the IE Microsoft dreamed of in iOS (want to use another rendering engine? screw you!)

        • FYI,
          You can get Chrome, Firefox and Opera for iOS devices as well.

          However most apps that integrate for the web will be using Safari. As well if developers want their pages to render for iOS they need to be sure it works for Safari.

          • by Merk42 ( 1906718 )

            FYI, You can get Chrome, Firefox and Opera for iOS devices as well.

            Unless you're talking about Opera Mini, they all use Safari's rendering engine.

    • Instead Google is playing along and trying to show how great Chrome is on Windows 10's battery life. This is a losing war, Google. You're fighting a winter war against Russia here. Nobody uses Edge because they legitimately are concerned about their laptop battery life.

      Meh. Unless it damages the user experience in other ways, using less power is a good thing.

    • Then of course their monopolistic tendencies came out (again) when they decided to show a warning message to Windows 10 users who opened Firefox or Chrome by telling them that those browsers will use all your battery life and you'd better use Edge if you knew what was good for you.

      Suggesting your own product is not a monopolistic practice. How different is that from going to Google [google.com] and being presented with Google works better with Chrome and a Yes, get Chrome now button?

      So this whole "browser battery life" war is nothing but an excuse for Microsoft's "DOS isn't done 'til Lotus won't run" tactic. This should be responded to with antitrust investigations and legal fines.

      That's just ridiculous! What law did they break by claiming that their browser was better for battery life? How does that justify being fined? And how is promoting your product anything like the old Lotus myth [slashdot.org]?

      Nobody uses Edge because they legitimately are concerned about their laptop battery life.

      I think that statement can be simplified to just "Nobody uses Edge". But I for one consider my battery life w

  • Now fix the fact that Chrome doesnt trigger the on-screen keyboard in tablet mode when you tap into an input box - this has been broken for several major versions now, after being "fixed" for a few versions after the last time they broke it.

  • If they keep puffing up then flattening out the icons they are going to lose their elasticity.

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