Microsoft Edge vs Chrome – Is Microsoft Edge better than Google Chrome?

Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, are two of the world’s leading Internet web browsers. Although both these browsers are built on the Chromium baseline, tech enthusiasts have been at it for years determining the better browser.

When it comes to Internet Browsers, there are no surprises that Google Chrome dominates the market. According to Statcounter, Google Chrome contributes to a total share of about 64% whereas the Edge browser merely has around 4%. 

Microsoft Edge

If you take a closer look at Microsoft Edge, you will find that it is almost a replica of the Google Chrome browser. Both these browsers sport the same user interface.

Up until now, Microsoft was banking heavily on Internet Explorer. However, the rising need for faster computing finally had Microsoft pull the plug on Explorer and bring in the Edge browser. 

As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft Edge is based on the Chromium base code due to which it offers performance and the same extensions as that of Google Chrome. 

Meanwhile, the Edge Browser comes with built-in defenses that are automatically activated every time the system detects a malicious website or phishing content.

It natively supports hardware isolation in both Windows 10 and 11 while possessing additional capabilities that protect your system against data loss and so on. Some of the key features of Microsoft Edge are –

  • Collections
  • Vertical Tabs
  • Smart-Copy
  • Tracking Prevention
  • Password Monitor for Password Protection
  • InPrivate Mode
  • Immersive Reader
  • Intelligent Screening

Google Chrome 

No matter how much we try to deny it, Chrome is at the heart of everything we do concerning read-aloud and the Internet. Although Chrome isn’t preinstalled on any desktop, people continue to use Chrome a large amount. 

Taking over from Internet Explorer back in 2008, Chrome’s progress saw it flourish rapidly and go on to become the most widely used browser in the world.

Google was quick to realize that websites tend to act like an application or a program within the web browser. Banking on this, Google unveiled the Chrome browser which is able to natively support this kind of content.

Some of Google Chrome’s key features include –

  • Task Manager
  • Sandboxing
  • Upgraded Tabs
  • Incognito Mode
  • Wide-Scale Integration
  • Powerful Developer Console
  • Database Protector

Maybe the differentiation below could help

1. Features

While Edge’s Immersive Reading feature stands out, Chrome’s Google Drive, Docs, and Translate further add to the user experience. Microsoft’s read-aloud feature automatically stresses out text words so that the reader can read them out loud. Both Google and Edge app stores allow for web extensions

2. Speed & RAM Consumption

At the end of the day, it all comes down to how quick your web browser is and the number of tabs it can withstand at a time. Ultimately, the speed and performance are directly linked to the browser’s RAM management. 

Although Google Chrome tends to deliver better and quick performance, it is known for its high CPU usage. As mentioned on Devsjournal, Chrome has high CPU usage because it splits each tab and extensions to individual processes.

With this, it safeguards the users from not having to encounter any problems if any process crashes along the way. 

Meanwhile, the new version of Chrome’s engine has made the Edge browser faster with effective RAM management. Therefore, although Chrome guarantees quick results, it has the highest CPU RAM Consumption. 

3. User Interface

There is very little to separate the two when it comes to the user interface since both these web browsers sport a vaguely similar UI. The Edge’s UI is interactive and allows the user to choose what he wants to see upon launch. To go along with it, Edge also has a sync process and tab management when the browser is processing. 

Meanwhile, the Chrome browser is interactive. But what sets it apart from the Edge browser is the integration of apps. You have the freedom to import data onto Chrome from an external browser. The New Tab Groups Feature comes in handy to group relevant tabs into one particular group. 

4. Platform Support

Microsoft Edge is currently available for Windows 7 and all the above versions. In addition, it is also present on macOS 10.12, iOS 11, and all the above versions. Meanwhile, there is a Linux preview currently under development which will further add support to OS such as Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and more.

In terms of Chrome, the Google Browser is also available for Windows 7 and above, macOS 10.10, iOS 12, and up. It also supports Android 5.0+, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedor, and Open SUSE.

5. Security and Privacy

In a way, both these browsers offer the highest level of security and privacy when it comes to data browsing. Microsoft maintains a good track record of not having any problems when it comes to browser security and privacy. Edge’s Intelligent Screening System protects the user’s browser database at all times. 

Meanwhile, Chrome has a Database Protector that automatically detects and alerts the user every time it encounters a malicious site or phishing content.

However, chrome isn’t the best since it uses the user information to automatically direct the user to relevant ads. For storage space for cookies, it allows the users to limit trackers and firewalls.

6. Extensions

Any browser that comes with widespread extension support can be deemed a good browser. Given the number of improvements Microsoft has made, all Chrome extensions are now available on Edge.

However, it still lacks some of the key features which can make navigation a bit difficult for the user. Meanwhile, there are tons of extensions to choose from in the Google Library. All these applications are interlinked and united under one bracket within the browser itself.