Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Sep 2010 19:14 UTC
Internet Explorer After several months and preview releases, Microsoft has finally lifted the curtain for the Windows Explorer 9 beta release. Internet Explorer 9 is Microsoft's attempt at not just catching up to the competition, but at actually surpassing them. Since enough sites will be focusing on just how many nanoseconds faster or slower the beta is compared to the competition, I'll talk a little about the new minimalist interface.
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That doesn't account for enterprise users though.

I also know some skilled users who use IE8 simply because it comes with Windows and they don't open a lot of tabs. The other browsers are faster but it isn't like differences between video cards. Bandwidth is still the major bottleneck.

I'm currently using Chrome but I would consider switching to IE9 if they allowed the tabs to be moved in the final version. Chrome is fast but doesn't fit in with Windows very well. It looks great in OSX but in Windows it looks rather alien.

The other issue is that Flash tends to be better optimized for IE. Last time I tested Flash for IE it used about 30% less cpu than Firefox. On a desktop it doesn't matter but on a laptop that translates into longer battery life and less heat.

Also when it comes to speed Microsoft did an interesting benchmark to find out where most of the time was spent when rendering page - Javascript makes up a very small part of the over all equation which makes 'teh javascript is faster in [insert browser here]' wars rather stupid.

Firefox is horrible; I've run it on Mac OS X and its a CPU hogging pig when compared to Safari which bounches between 0-3% on the average website where as Firefox is sitting at around 30% in many cases with it being even worse if there is a Flash applet being used.

I used to use Chrome but on Mac OS X I found it as CPU hoggish as Firefox - but I guess that is the problem given that neither Chrome nor Firefox developers treat Mac OS X as a platform to actually be concerned optimising for and fixing bugs specific to the platform.

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