With the latest release of Windows 10 and the Edge browser, Microsoft looks increasingly ready to tackle Chrome's performance lead.
Over the years Microsoft has fallen behind its competitors in the battle to provide the best performing browser.
Google's focus on making Chrome feel fast and responsive has won the browser millions of users at the expense of the more sluggish-feeling Internet Explorer (IE).
With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is hoping to change the status quo and offer the fastest on-ramp to the web.
Like IE 11 before it, the Edge browser uses the Chakra JS engine, and Microsoft has been tweaking Chakra to give Edge a boost on Windows 10.
This fine tuning has allowed the Edge browser to outgun not only IE, but also the latest experimental builds of Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, according to benchmarks run by Microsoft.
The tests found Edge to be 2.25 times faster than IE in the Octane 2.0 benchmark and 1.6 times faster in the JetStream benchmark.
Edge's relative performance in Octane is a step above its showing when TechRepublic ran the benchmark earlier this year, which saw Edge achieving an 8.8 percent worse score than IE.
To check this latest performance win, we replicated the benchmark run by Microsoft using the same browsers under build 10122 of a 64-bit version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
Tests were run on a Toshiba Portege laptop. The machine has an 2.1GHz Intel Core i7 4600U processor, with 8GB of memory and a 256GB SSD.
Although Edge didn't come out on top in our tests it did put in a good showing, bettering IE's score by an impressive 44 percent and Firefox Nightly by five percent in the Octane test. Edge still lagged behind Chrome Canary by just under six percent in Octane, but came within spitting distance of Chrome in JetStream, racking up a benchmark just three percent shy of Google's browser.
While our benchmarks found Edge failing to match Microsoft's claims, it does appear to be a noticeable step forward, leaving IE in the dust and edging closer to the performance of Chrome.
Edge doesn't appear to have snatched the performance crown as of yet but with work continuing to improve the browser, Microsoft finally seems to have produced a contender in the browser wars.