Chrome vs Side: Which internet browser is much better?

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Web internet browsers are among the staple use any kind of computer system. Nevertheless, they are portals to the net and also help with every little thing that you can do with it. So picking a web web browser comes to be an essential job, however one that lots of people do not save a reservation in the direction of. As an example, you’ve most likely listened to many jokes regarding exactly how Google Chrome hogs up all your RAM. Yet, individuals are averse to switching over internet browsers, also when heavyweights like Microsoft Side include ChatGPT-based AI attributes. So exactly how do both internet browsers contrast? We figure out in this Side vs Chrome contrast and also evaluate whether it’s time to seriously take into consideration a button.

Chrome vs Side

Side and also Chrome are the premier internet browser offerings from both large technology business on the planet: Microsoft and also Google. The internet browsers are the lorry for offering “net search” as an item, which subsequently allows offering advertisements end up being a multi-billion buck service. So it do without stating that there’s a great deal riding on both of these internet browsers.

Both Side and also Chrome are offered to download and install and also make use of totally free on different running systems and also different tools. Both internet browsers are improved top of Chromium, the open-source internet browser constructed by Google. Chromium is to Side and also Chrome what AOSP is to One UI and also Pixel UI. Yet in spite of the resemblances in base, there are a couple of significant distinctions in between both internet browsers that we will certainly check out in the following couple of areas.

Interface: Which internet browser is much easier to make use of?

There is an entire host of resemblances in exactly how both internet browsers look. The basic format, exactly how the switches are positioned, and also various other customer experience components are really comparable. One isn’t the precise duplicate of the various other. Yet if you were preparing to move to either instructions, you’d have no concerns frequenting simply a couple of mins. The out-of-the-box look on Side on desktop computer is certainly more busy than that of Chrome, however.

Side does have a couple of methods which it shows up and also operates in a different way than Chrome. As an example, if you select to make use of the Sidebar and also the Upright Tabs features, after that your internet browser home window is mosting likely to look various. In a similar way, due to the Information Feed, your start-up homepage experience on Side is mosting likely to be hugely various than the less complex Chrome start-up experience.

Microsoft Edge UI with Vertical Tabs Sidebar News Feed 2

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Microsoft Side with Sidebar, Vertical Tab, and also Information Feed can look actually hectic

For several customers, Chrome is mosting likely to look like a favorably straightforward and also acquainted experience. Microsoft’s credibility in the later days of Web Traveler (the ones that allow Chrome surge and also take its location to begin with) remain to cast a darkness of uncertainty over Side. So for a great deal of customers, there’s a prejudice to get rid of prior to they can attempt Side with an open mind. Past that, both internet browsers resemble each various other.

On Android, the internet browsers have remarkable distinctions. Chrome embraces a top-heavy style, where most communication components are positioned near to the leading condition bar. There’s almost absolutely nothing under side, so your scrolling experience is instead limitless. Nonetheless, that implies on larger phones, you’d need to do some finger acrobatics if you wish to access any kind of food selections and also alternatives.

Side equilibriums leading and also lower thickness. Standard navigating like ahead and also back, and also various other components like the three-dot food selection, the tab switcher, and also the share symbol are positioned on all-time low. The top is where the account switcher, the address bar, and also the reload switch remainder. So in many scenarios, you are watching reasonably much less material on the screen, however you will certainly have a less complicated time making use of the internet browser given that every little thing is accessible of your thumb.

Chrome vs Side: Functions

Because both internet browsers are constructed off the very same base and also contend in the very same market, it ought to be unsurprising that they have a comparable collection of attributes. Exactly how they vary remains in the implementation, and also once more to nobody’s shock, they try to take advantage of the community of services and products from their moms and dad business.

Something to remember though: if a function is missing out on in an internet browser, there’s a great chance there’s a third-party expansion that resembles the performance. Nonetheless, for contrast, we need to value both internet browsers without their collection of expansions concealing for their drawbacks.

Address bar

One of the most noticeable function of any kind of internet browser is the address bar, and also both internet browsers like to turbo charge the address bar in their very own means.

You might input the internet address of the internet site you wish to check out right into the address bar. Yet you might likewise do so a lot more: consisting of auto-completing Links, switching over to tabs, computations, word translations, fast climate checks, money conversions, and also obviously, immediate looking.

Google Chrome Address Bar

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Google Chrome Address Bar

While Google Chrome’s search results page are powered by Google Look, Microsoft Side’s search results page are powered by Microsoft Bing. So the top quality of outcomes relies on the top quality of the online search engine itself.

Microsoft Edge Address Bar

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Microsoft Side Address Bar

To Microsoft’s reasonable credit report, Bing has actually enhanced a lot this year, specifically with the ChatGPT combination aiding it obtain a side (heh) in this sector. Google is yet to integrate AI attributes straight right into Google Look or Chrome’s address bar, however we do understand that Poet is simply around the bend. You can take a much more in-depth take a look at exactly how these online search engine contrast in our Google vs Bing face-off.

When it comes to the remainder of the address bar attributes, Side hangs back Chrome. You can’t do instant calculations, conversions, or translations in the Edge address bar, but you can in Chrome’s address bar.

But on the other hand, Edge lets you filter your address bar search to history, favorites, or tabs, letting you perform a more precise look-through; Chrome does not have any search filtering in the address bar.

Microsoft Edge Address Bar search filtering

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Chrome does have website-specific searching through custom searches, which Bing misses out on.

Tabs, Pinned Tabs, Tab Groups, Vertical Tabs

Tabs and how they are handled form one of the basic crux of the user experience on a browser, and unsurprisingly, both browsers do similarly well here.

Both Chrome and Edge support Tabs, of course. Both also support some more functions, such as the ability to pin tabs (so you don’t accidentally close them) and the ability to create Tab Groups to organize your open tabs and maintain some illusion of sanity in your workflow (no, you’re never reading those 400 open tabs, it’s okay to close them all).

The only place where there is a difference between the two is in the fact that Edge supports vertical tabs.

Microsoft Edge Vertical Tabs

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So if you still don’t want to close your 400 open tabs, you can conveniently have vertical tabs checked as an option and display those tabs in a neat, scrollable list on the left of your widescreen monitor. You can have the vertical tab pane pinned open, or you can have it set to get out of your way.

Password manager

Both Chrome and Edge come with password managers built-in. So no matter which browser you are using, you can leave password management up to them. You can create strong passwords for individual sites, and let the browsers do the heavy lifting of remembering them. And when you do need to sign into the site again, the browsers will auto-fill your password information for you.

The biggest difference here comes from how the services sync your password.

Chrome incorporates Google Password Manager. Where this combination really shines is if you use an Android phone with a Google account added in. Apps and services that you sign into on your Android phone have their credentials added and synced with the Password Manager. So any future instances of sign-in, either on the phone or on a desktop with Chrome signed in to your profile, will have the password credentials automatically entered. You’d definitely appreciate this if you use a Windows computer frequently with an Android phone.

Edge has a traditional password manager that can sync your passwords across devices using a Microsoft account. But what Edge also has is Microsoft Authenticator support. This app allows Edge to sync your passwords, autofill them on phones, and also make use of two-factor authentication.

Microsoft also offers an Autofill Chrome extension that lets you sync these passwords for use on Chrome. So even if you use Edge on your phone and Chrome on your computer, Microsoft is trying its best to keep you happy.


Themes offer simple customization options to users, and both browsers support them.

Google Chrome Chrome Web Store Themes

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Chrome Web Store Themes

The Chrome Web Store has a very, very large collection of themes that Google Chrome can take advantage of. Users can install any of these themes through a few simple clicks. This makes it really simple to apply this basic level of customization to the browser.

Microsoft Edge Microsoft Store Themes

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Microsoft Store Themes

Since Edge is based on Chromium, it also supports Chrome Web Store themes. And if you got bored with the thousands of themes present there, Microsoft has also created some of its own themes for Edge.

Dark mode

There are a bunch of Dark themes available for both browsers. If you want to take darkness a step further, you can also enable Dark mode on both browsers. However, Chrome on Windows always follows the system dark mode settings, while you can independently toggle Edge’s dark mode outside of your global system settings.

You can also force websites to obey your dark mode settings (through flags) on both browsers for a completely dark appearance.

User profiles

Since both of these browsers can sync a lot of data, they also offer User profiles that will let you separate the data of one user from another. This comes in handy if you want to separate your work browsing and your personal browsing, or if you share the computer with family members.

Media controls

Google Chrome Media Controls

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Google Chrome Media Controls

There’s one handy feature that Chrome has that Edge does not, and that is Media controls. Chrome offers a one-stop control center for the media that the browser is playing. So if you have a hundred tabs open, and one of them is playing music, you can use the control center to control media playback.

Edge does not have this feature enabled out of the box. But you can enable it through the use of flags. Most users will not be venturing into experimental flags, so we count this as a win for Chrome.

Content feed

Microsoft Edge Content Feed

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Microsoft Edge Content Feed

When you start Edge, you are greeted with a content feed that has a slew of news, information like weather, stock alerts, and sneaky ads littered in. Some users may like it, and some may not. I personally dislike the information assault on startup.

Edge has a content feed on desktop that sneaks in ads in between pieces of content.

Chrome does not have a content feed on desktop, but it does on mobile in the form of Google Discover. Google Discover has an integration on several Android OEM launchers to be the left-most pane on the homescreen. So a lot more users are familiar with Google Discover, and are a lot more receptive to the articles that appear on mobile.


Edge Sidebar is a handy sidebar available on Microsoft Edge. It houses a fair few tools and shortcuts, like search, discover, tools, games, Microsoft Office, and Outlook. You can even load up websites on the sidebar, though you can just as easily load them up in a new tab.

Microsoft Edge Sidebar 3

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The real utility of Sidebar is the ease of access to various tools. For instance, you can have a calculator permanently resting in the sidebar, ready to be summoned at the click of a button. One can argue that you could just use a Calculator app, but this integration is definitely handy.

Chrome does not have a Sidebar equivalent feature. It’s definitely a nice-to-have feature, so we hope Google adds something similar too.

File sharing with Drop

Edge has a unique feature called Edge Drop that is part of the Edge sidebar. Edge Drop allows users to share notes, documents, and files across their devices. It makes use of OneDrive and the associated Microsoft account but makes it easy and seamless to “drop” files and share them across your other devices. All limitations from your OneDrive storage continue to apply as they do.

Edge Drop is a file transfer tool built into Edge. Chrome does not have something similar.

Chrome does not have any Edge Drop-like feature. You can make use of Google Drive and achieve similar sharing results. But it’s not as seamless and convenient as Edge Drop.


Collections is an oddly-named feature in Microsoft Edge. It essentially lets you save content for later. This content can take the form of an image, text, or web page.

Chrome does not have a feature equivalent to Collections. You do get the usual bookmarks, though.

Coupons and Price Comparisons

Microsoft Edge Coupons and Shopping

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If you like shopping from your browser, you’d love the Coupons feature in Microsoft Edge. Instead of needing to rely on a third-party extension, Edge does the heavy lifting by itself. It scans the internet for coupons that you can use during your purchases to bring the price of the product down and save you some money in the process.

Edge goes a step further with proactive price comparisons. When you’re looking at a product, Edge will scour alternate retailers to find another one with lower pricing.

Google does not have any coupon or price comparison tools built into the browser, though functionality similar to the price comparison tool is built into Google Search through Google Shopping.


If you frequently play stream content from one device to another, you must also consider the different casting situations on these browsers.

Chrome relies completely on Chromecast (Google Cast protocol) for its casting needs. Edge, on the other hand, makes use of Miracast and DLNA protocols.

Chrome vs Edge: Performance


Both Chrome and Edge are fast browsers. Run them in any benchmark, and both return pretty good numbers. The difference between them is very narrowly in favor of Chrome, albeit the browser did edge ahead significantly in the MotionMark benchmark that measure graphics performance.

Benchmark Score Microsoft Edge Google Chrome
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Speedometer 2.1

Microsoft Edge


Google Chrome


Benchmark Score

Jetstream 2

Microsoft Edge


Google Chrome


Benchmark Score

Kraken 1.1

Microsoft Edge


Google Chrome


Benchmark Score

MotionMark 1.0

Microsoft Edge


Google Chrome


Benchmark Score


Microsoft Edge


Google Chrome


Either way, you’d be getting some impressive scores on any benchmark on either browser. In day-to-day usage, both browsers are going to largely be the same as they share a common base. Do note that your final daily use experience factors in plenty of variables, like loaded extensions, your internet connection, the website, and more.

RAM usage

If there’s something that would push users to look for a Chrome alternative, however, it is the fact that Chrome can end up using a lot of RAM very frequently. Many memes have been made on how eagerly Chrome will gobble up all of your RAM, and to a good extent, it is indeed true.

Microsoft Edge vs Google Chrome Resource Usage

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We opened twelve of the same tabs on both Chrome and Edge side-by-side, with new user profiles and no extensions or performance settings enabled. The difference in RAM usage between the two was over 200MB, which is quite high when you consider the rather identical circumstances.

On my personal workloads with plenty of extensions and tabs, I frequently touch 3-4GB for Chrome’s RAM usage, while similar activities on Edge are usually a good ~500MB lower.

On a new test profile with no extensions or any other settings changed, Edge actually posts higher RAM usage, around 380MB, while Chrome posts lower RAM usage at 250MB. This difference is likely to be for the slew of features that Edge enables by default, like the content news feed and the sidebar.

Microsoft Edge Efficiency Mode

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Edge has some efficiency settings that you can enable. There is a dedicated Efficiency mode, and a Sleep Tabs setting that you can toggle. Going aggressively on these settings in the same twelve-tab scenario as above, we could further shave off over 100MB in RAM usage. Chrome does not have any equivalent toggles, so you have to maintain utmost faith in Google choosing the right performance settings for you.

Edge performs similar to Chrome in benchmarks, but has markedly lower RAM usage when you open some tabs.

We’re declaring Edge the winner in performance, which is quite a turnaround for Microsoft, the company that made Internet Explorer. If you are someone who has been complaining about how Chrome runs poorly on your machine, it is about time you try out Edge for its performance.

Chrome vs Edge: Security and Privacy

Microsoft Edge Security and Privacy

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Edge carries over some of its feature-rich philosophies to privacy too. For instance, you can not only choose tracking prevention on Edge, but you can also choose the level of tracking prevention between three options. So you can choose how strict you want to be with tracker blocking and personalized ads.

Edge also allows you to toggle Microsoft Defender SmartScreen, which aims to protect you against malicious websites and downloads. You can also toggle the blocking of low-reputation apps, and enable website typo protection to protect you from typosquatting.

Google Chrome Security and Privacy

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Chrome also offers similar features through Google Safe Browsing. There are three levels of protection that users can choose from, but you cannot independently toggle the settings that Edge lets you toggle. So you do get protection against dangerous websites, downloads, and extensions, as well as warnings about password breaches; just not as independent toggles. We could not locate any settings for typosquatting protection, though.

Since both browsers support extensions, you can install further ad blockers and other extensions for privacy. Both browsers also have private browsing or incognito modes for a private browsing session.

If you truly and deeply care about your privacy, we advise staying away from both Edge and Chrome.

If you really care deeply about privacy, it’s hard to suggest either browser. Both Microsoft and Google have vested interests, which casts a shadow of doubt on their claims about privacy. Neither guarantees absolute privacy, only relative privacy. You’d still be tracked across the internet and have personalized ads served to you on the basis of your browsing profile and habits, even at the strictest privacy settings. If you value privacy over everything else, do consider privacy-centric browser alternatives.

Chrome vs Edge: Extensions

Google Chrome Web Store Extensions

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Both Chrome and Edge offer extension support. Chrome has support for the excellent Chrome Web Store that houses thousands of extensions and themes. Edge supports extensions from the Windows Store, which has a limited collection. However, Edge also supports Chrome extensions if you are okay with installing them manually.

This makes both browsers equal in terms of extension support. What can run on Chrome, can also run on Edge, and vice versa too.

Chrome vs Edge: Synchronization

This is the biggest difference between the two browsers and one that will shape your perception and affect how well you can actually use either of them.

Google Chrome Syncing

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Chrome banks heavily on its seamless integration within the Google ecosystem. Everything is synced through a Google account. If you own an Android phone, then this integration is even more useful for you as you can take advantage of open tab syncing, password management, and more on your Android phone. Chrome’s syncing is perhaps one of its best features.

Microsoft Edge Syncing

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Edge performs a lot of the same syncing functions, but with a Microsoft account. As a result, it loses out on the deeper phone integration, but gains on the Windows integration. If you use a Windows computer, chances are that you have already signed into a Microsoft account, and Edge is happy to keep itself synced across your devices.

Microsoft Edge vs Google Chrome: Which browser should you choose?

Chrome has been widely recognized as the de-facto browser of choice for many people. But the tides are changing. Microsoft has been making steady progress with Edge over the past few years, and more recently, in 2023, it has really doubled down with AI thanks to the ChatGPT integration in Bing.

What Chrome can do, Edge can do as well. But there are plenty of things that Edge can do that Chrome can’t. Even when you discount this fact, there’s still the fact that Chrome has simply ballooned to hog up resources. If it weren’t for the deep Android ecosystem pull that Google accounts can take advantage of, a lot more people would have readily switched to an alternative.

What Chrome can do, Edge can do as well. But there are plenty of things that Edge can do that Chrome can not.

Ultimately, the battle between Chrome and Side is close thanks to their shared Chromium base. However, Microsoft has really put up a great effort with Side, and also we’d like to side with it for the time being. If you’re looking for a new browser to try, do check out Edge with an open mind. Leave behind your preconceived notions from the Internet Explorer era, and you may find yourself liking Edge more than Chrome, even if you can’t fully dive into the Microsoft ecosystem.

With that being said, we’re aware and conscious of exactly how busy Edge can appear at times. If you prefer keeping your browser simple while still having the headroom to do just about anything and also everything, you’ll like the simplicity and ease of use of Chrome. I personally am not a fan of how Side is being monetized through sneaky ads sandwiched between actual news in the content feed. There’s no telling how far Microsoft takes this, and also I’ll proceed supporting for a fairly cleaner experience for all.

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