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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Brags on Edge – Claims 1080p Streaming Prize

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Microsoft Corporation claimed that Microsoft Edge is the only browser to stream 1080p videos from online streaming companies such as Netflix, Inc. . The company’s recent tests confirmed that Microsoft Edge offers the highest quality content and delivers the longest battery life. Last month, Microsoft said that Edge is a more energy efficient browser compared to Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

According to report published on Ubergizmo, Reddit users found out that Microsoft’s isn’t making empty claims. The report mentions that Apple’s OS X Safari also streams Netflix in 1080p, but only on the version that is running on OS X.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Edge Browser

Microsoft Edge Steams Netflix in 1080p

Microsoft Corporation said that Edge is designed to optimize for and take advantage of Windows 10 built-in media capabilities. In its video tests, the company used a premium video site that sent higher resolution and bitrate video to Edge compared to the other browsers, the company said in its a blog post.

“The fact that Microsoft Edge received 1080p content in our power test means it actually ran a somewhat higher power draw than it otherwise would have playing 720p content like the other browsers,” the company said.

Microsoft also noted that content owners that stream premium video on the web should ensure the protection of their premium content.

“As quality increases, so does the need for strong Digital Rights Management (DRM), systems that protect media streams so that they can only be played by users authorized by the streaming service.  This is important now as companies make decisions to stream 1080p, and will become even more important as video resolutions increase. Content owners will not stream premium content if it can be easily saved and shared outside the service,” the company said.

Energy-Efficient Browser

At the end of the last month, Microsoft said that Edge is a more energy efficient on Windows 10, with up to 36%-53% more battery life. The company created two tests to measure power consumption by Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. The first was a test in a lab-controlled environment measuring typical browsing behavior on popular sites, while the second experiment was to measure how long streaming HD video lasts. The company’s controlled lab tests showed that Edge use less battery power than Chrome, Firefox, and Opera during typical browsing activities: opening sites, scrolling through articles, and watching videos, opening new tabs for each task.

Moreover, the software giant also compared what happens when watching streaming videos on Surface Books running the latest versions of Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. It streamed the same HD video wirelessly on each device and set up a video camera to record the laptops until each one died. Results show that Edge delivers 17%-70% more battery life than the competition. Edge lasted three hours longer than Google Chrome.

Edge browser still lacks some features available in Chrome and Firefox. Browser extensions aren’t available in Edge just yet, but they will launch alongside the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 this summer. The company is also promising even more power-saving enhancements with the Anniversary Update to Edge.

Last week, Microsoft Corporation confirmed that it is closing its Finland mobile phone business, which the U.S. software giant bought just two years ago.

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