Web browsers are programs that allow people to access the Internet and browse the World Wide Web.
Unfortunately, in the early days of the Internet, specifically in the late 2000s and early 2020s, the list of web browsers was extremely limited. You are using either Internet Explorer, Opera or Mozilla Firefox, which are not known for their speed at this time, especially the first browser on the list.
You may have heard how notorious Internet Explorer’s processing speed is from the many memes that reference it. More importantly, these memes tell (or show) the truth.
If you don’t have the patience to wait five minutes to see a webpage at the time, you should probably do something else while you wait.
However, with the technological advancements made in the last 2000s, Google Chrome came into the picture and stole the throne from Internet Explorer thanks to its superior speed. Since then, Google Chrome has reigned supreme.
Meanwhile, advancements in technology have also allowed Microsoft to create a new and improved web browser called Microsoft Edge which is advertised as better than Google Chrome.
So which of the two is better?
Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: Similarities and Differences
Use mentioned that Chrome and Edge are neck and neck in terms of performance, thanks to the fact that they both use the same engine – the open-source Chromium project. Despite this, both web browsers are resource-intensive, which means your device will slow down drastically if you accumulate too many apps or leave browsers open while doing something so resource-intensive.
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However, the main difference between the two browsers is that Microsoft Edge does not require as much RAM as Google Chrome.
Google Chrome consumed around 850MB to 950MB of RAM, which is 200MB to 250MB more than Microsoft Edge, which only uses 650MB to 700MB of RAM. This RAM consumption means that Microsoft Edge is better for devices with limited RAM than Google Chrome without sacrificing performance.
The Battle of Web Browser Features
Despite Edge’s advantage over Chrome when it comes to RAM consumption (pun intended), the latter browser has received periodic updates that allow it to perform the same as the former.
However, the difference between Chrome and Edge is its ability to send tabs to another device through the “Send a link to your device” feature. This feature is handy if you’re always on the go because you don’t have to save your links somewhere else, e.g. BrowserHow.
Meanwhile, Edge offers a built-in editor that provides users with Grammarly-like editing alerts whenever you make a mistake in an email or blog, or any other written material.
Although Edge’s list of extensions is limited because they come from the Microsoft Store and need to be opened manually, there are no problems installing them. This means Edge will theoretically have more extensions over time.
However, Chrome’s popularity means more developers are likely to create extensions than Edge.
Meanwhile, Chrome gives you direct access to the entire Google ecosystem, consisting of Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Calendars, and other similar features.
However, Edge’s privacy features far surpassed Chrome’s. While the latter blocks third-party cookies, Edge blocks trackers from websites you’ve already visited and those you haven’t, reducing the chances of your personalized information being shared on other websites.
You can also choose one of three levels of tracking prevention to enable based on your preference.
Edge also uses Microsoft Defender Smartscreen to protect your computer against malicious websites and suspicious downloads.
Another cool feature of Edge is that it automatically searches for coupons that will help you save money when shopping online.
Because of these features and the fact that Edge has better privacy features and uses less RAM, we have to give Microsoft Edge the win in 2022.
Ultimately, it depends on user preferences. If you want a browser with direct access to the entire Google ecosystem and you have RAM to spare, use Google Chrome. However, if you want to use less RAM and protect your information, use Edge.
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