You are ready to work with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central but unsure about which web browser to use. In this post I have prepared 5 key points that may help you decide between Google Chrome or Microsft Edge, two of the most popular web browsers nowadays.

Although choosing a browser is a personal decision you may find some interesting points that can help you decide.

Contents

  • User Interface
  • Performance
  • Download Speed
  • Efficiency
  • Possibilities Outside BC

For the following examples I am running the latest version of Business Central. As of this date it is BC20 or 2022 Release wave 1.

User Interface

One of the most important things is the user experience and how the content is presented to the user. For this point if we compare Chrome (left) and Edge (right) side by side we can´t see a clear difference between them.

As you can see, the role center looks the same in both browsers. I have also compared other pages and there is no clear difference between them.

Dark Mode

If you didn’t know, you can set dark mode for both browsers introducing this links in Chrome and Edge respectively:

  • chrome://flags/#enable-force-dark
  • edge://flags/#enable-force-dark

Here is a look at the role center in both browser. The content looks the same in both.

The only difference I could find is in non-editable list pages. Boolean fields are not as clear in Edge as they are in Chrome.

There is also other option to enable dark mode. It is to install ‘Dark Reader’, available for both browsers.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dark-reader/eimadpbcbfnmbkopoojfekhnkhdbieeh?hl=en

Dark Reader – Microsoft Edge Addons

We will give the first point to Chrome although it is a really close one.

Chrome 1 – 0 Edge

Performance

As I have mentioned, the user experience is key. In this video you can see a comparison with a basic navigation example between different pages of the system.

We can´t see any real difference between them either. They draw in this point.

Chrome 1 – 0 Edge

Download speed

When working with Business Central a very usual task to do is to download or upload any kind of information to the database.

For this example I ´ve tested to download a configuration package that includes several tables. In this case, the majority of the time will be spent in building the Excel file, which depends on the speed of the database. After that, the system will download it.

Sidenote: the total size of the excel file is 4MB and the tests are run in this order. Test 1: first Chrome, then Edge. Test 2: first Chrome, then Edge, and so on.

Results of the tests:

CHROMEEDGE
TEST 11 min 52 s1 min 42 s
TEST 21 min 52 s1 min 45 s
TEST 31 min 45 s1 min 43 s
TEST 41 min 44 s1 min 46 s
TEST 51 min 45 s1 min 44 s

As we can see, the results are favorable to Edge, with an average time of 1 min 44 s. While Chrome took an average of 1 min 48 s.

Edge is the winner in this category.

Chrome 1 – 1 Edge

Efficiency

Finally, we can test the efficiency of both browsers. How much RAM memory are they consuming when performing the same tasks?

For the following images there are 1, 2, 3 and 4 tabs of Business Central opend at the same time for both browsers.

1 tab for Edge and Chrome each running Business Central:

2 tabs:

3 tabs:

4 tabs:

As we can see, in the 4 scenarios Edge is always winning the efficiency match. At some point Chrome was using almost 100MB more of RAM memory than Edge. This result may differ on the machine, Business Central version, etc, so this should not be taken as the ultimate truth.

However, Edge is the winner in efficiency.

Chrome 1 – 2 Edge

Possibilities Outside BC

Another key point is the features and opportunities they offer outside Business Central.

Store

Google Chrome is the most popular browser in the world. It has the best store for extensions but Edge is catching up really fast and has a lot of extensions of Chrome available in the Edge Add-ons store.

Chrome web store:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions?hl=en

Microsoft Edge Add-ons:

Microsoft Edge Add-ons

Search Engine

Bing is the default search engine for Microsoft Edge. However, if your are more familiar with Google you can change it on settings and have Google as your default browser for Edge.

Install As An Application

Both browsers can reproduce the appearance of an application installed on your machine. Check how to do it here:

From Dynamics NAV we were used to the Windows client. So some users can feel more comfortable with this way of working than the web client.

Right now, for me, there is nothing on Chrome that I can´t already do on Edge. In the end, it comes down to personal preference. I´d say they draw in this category.

Chrome 1 – 2 Edge

Conclusion

We have a winner, Microsoft Edge with a final score of:

Chrome 1 – 2 Edge

As I have mentioned, it´s a personal decision to choose between them. For me, there is no clear difference. But if you haven´t tried Microsoft Edge you should give it the chance.

Personally, I prefer having every bit of RAM memory available for other purposes so I will stick with Edge.

Hope you find it useful.

5 Key Points To Decide The Best Browser For Business Central

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