Windows 10: What's the best and worst browser for Windows 10?

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       06 Jul 2016 #1

    What's the best and worst browser for Windows 10?

    Here's a question that faces every Windows 10 user: do you download a third-party browser or stick with the Internet Explorer and Edge browsers that Microsoft has provided?

    The browsers

    In this test, we have taken five browsers - Chrome (v51.0), Opera (v38), Firefox (v47), as well as the bundled Edge (v25.10586) and Internet Explorer (v11.420) browsers - and tested them using five of the most popular benchmarks to find out which is the best and worst browser.

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    The tests

    Here are the tests:

    • JetStream 1.1: A JavaScript benchmark suite focused on the most advanced web applications. Larger scores are better.
    • Kraken 1.1: An updated version of the SunSpider benchmark. Lower scores are better.
    • Octane 2.0: A modern benchmark that measures a JavaScript engine's performance by running a suite of tests representative of today's complex and demanding web applications. Larger scores are better.
    • RoboHornet: A benchmark designed around performance pain points real web developers care about. Larger scores are better.
    • HTML5test: A benchmark that tests how well a browser supports the HTML5 standard and related specifications. Larger scores are better, and the top score possible is 555.

    Test hardware

    I carried out the tests on a Huawei MateBook with a 1.51GHz Intel Core m3 processor and 4GB of RAM. The system runs Windows 10 Home.

    The device was plugged in for the tests, and all power-saving options were switched off.

    The results

    Here are the raw results, which are an average of three runs...

    Read more: What's the best and worst browser for Windows 10? | ZDNet
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  2.    06 Jul 2016 #1

    Firefox still my fav, but Edge is improving!
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  3.    06 Jul 2016 #2

    No brainier ...:


    • JetStream 1.1: 125.12
    • Kraken 1.1: 1371.7 ✔
    • Octane 2.0: 21123 ✔
    • RoboHornet: Did not run
    • HTML 5 Test: 526 ✔
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  4.    06 Jul 2016 #3

    I like FF and Edge.
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  5. TairikuOkami's Avatar
    Posts : 3,329
    10.5 Home 1803 x64
       06 Jul 2016 #4

    Yandex browser (Chromium based made by Russian "Google")

    JetStream 1.1: 84.946
    Kraken 1.1: 2755.1
    Octane 2.0: 14455
    RoboHornet: 113.23
    HTML 5 Test: 521

    Well the scores are the worst compared to all others. But I use it because of those integrated features: Kaspersky download scanner, Sophos DNS filter, payment protected mode, phishing protection, flashblock, dnscrypt with a switchable DNS and a few others, I do not use like Opera Turbo or AdGuard. Not to mention, that it is fast and simple (subjective), compatible with Chrome and Opera extensions and uses Yandex for sync instead of Google.
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  6.    06 Jul 2016 #5

    JetStream 1.1: 100.95
    Kraken 1.1: 2020.5ms
    Octane 2.0: 17080
    RoboHornet: 98.08
    HTML 5 Test: 478

    JetStream 1.1: 80.317
    Kraken 1.1: 3596.2ms
    Octane 2.0: 9727
    RoboHornet: 94.72
    HTML 5 Test: 343

    JetStream 1.1: 124.42
    Kraken 1.1: 2003.8ms
    Octane 2.0: 18812
    RoboHornet: 85.12
    HTML 5 Test: 453

    Overall Firefox got 3/5 and Edge got 2/5 with iexplore not doing so well in my test. After Aug 02 update I will test Edge again to see if it will do better that Firefox.
    Thanks for posting this test Brink.

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  7. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 14393.0 Slow Ring
       06 Jul 2016 #6

    Interesting. Chrome continues to be my favorite browser, but there have been some interesting articles lately encouraging for the future of Edge.

    On my system, identical apps running other than single instance of either Chrome or Edge.

    Chrome 64-bit 51.0.2704.106
    Edge 38.14372.0.0

    Scores listed Chrome / Edge

    JetStream: 141.18 / 173.20
    Kraken: 1,443.6 / 1,623.0
    Octane: 23,024 / 25,298
    RoboHornet: Chrome Crashed 3x / RH-A1 0123.97 Raw Score 111,258.63
    html5test: 521 / 474

    I rarely use Edge and don't have any extensions installed.

    For Chrome, I have Black Menu for Google, LastPass and uBlock Origin enabled extensions.

    I'm guessing uBlock killed the RoboHornet test in Chrome. Also, I didn't wipe any caches prior to using.

    Edge beat Chrome in JetStream and Octane while Chrome won in Kraken and html5test.

    Since Chrome couldn't complete RoboHornet, I'll play favorites and declare it a draw due to insufficient information.

    I'm not ready to switch to Edge, but it looks promising. Once there are more extensions I like, then I'm going to give Edge a real test drive.
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  8.    06 Jul 2016 #7

    For me I don't care about test result. I prefer Pale Moon\Firefox. Even though Edge has come a long way in the Insider release I still don't see it being my main browser. I also feel MS should have waited until Edge was more improved before releasing it to the general public.
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  9. DooGie's Avatar
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    Wndows 10 x64 Home version 1809
       06 Jul 2016 #8

    Personally I prefer Firefox, but that could be because I've used it for around 10 years and am more familiar wiith it.
    I use Edge occasionally but can't seem to be able to get used to it, I prefer IE over Edge. Chrome I don't like full stop.

    For some reason I can't scroll smoothly in Edge, perhaps someone here could give me some tips on that?
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  10. Night Hawk's Avatar
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       06 Jul 2016 #9

    Been running the 64bit Waterfox variant of FF, the latest as well as most recent FF as well along with Cyberfox variant, Chrome is on along with the latest Opera, Pale Moon, IE11 has been enabled all along, and even have a classic oldie with Netscape Navigator 9 running well on 10! And that's without any AOL there.

    Waterfox gets: Jetstream-105.26 Kraken-1899.6ms Octane 2.0-17767 RoboHornet Alpha-0079.51 HTML5Test-493 out of 555 points
    Opera gets: --- -85,549 -2726.9ms -15000 -0115.09 -520 out of 555
    Chrome gets: -90.708 -2000.6ms -19674 -0133.06 -521 out of 555
    IE 11 x64 gets: -79.953 -3610.2ms -10422 -0095.69 -343 out of 555
    Edge gets: --- -124.24 -2249.7ms -20004 -0127.92 -474 out of 555
    Pale Moon x64 gets: -xxxxxxx -2443.1ms -12276 -0109.45 -404 out of 555

    Ice Weasal for Windows(Debian based) FF variant as well as FF 47 and Cyberfox omitted in favor of Waterfox first 64bit variant of FF.
    Konqueror unavailable
    Seamonkey unavailable
    Flock unavailable

    Relative Results comparison: Note subject to change on retesting at any future point!
    Netscape Navigator 9 outdated and failed to start
    Pale Moon 26.3 x64 stalls after repeat attempts on 4th item of JetStream 1.1 test failing to proceed further there.
    Opera and Google Chrome back to back closest competitors.
    IE takes largest hit! Now outdated platform seeing extended life only in 10
    Waterfox 47 equal to FF x64 47 as well as latest Cyberfox Australian FF variation takes slight lead over Edge.
    Last edited by Night Hawk; 06 Jul 2016 at 16:55. Reason: additional information added
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