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What matters to me is how long it takes from the time I click on the short-cut to when it's actually usable to start browsing.
BS, you are only saying that becasue IE seemed faster than FF. If they benchmarked startup speeds and IE won a bunch of people would say "who cares, all that really matters is render speed".
While we are on topic though, I noticed that IE 7 takes seemingly forever to start.
No, actually I don't particularly care about how much tenths of a second another browser renders. I care about how long it takes for me to start a browser or tab instance.
I'm almost always doing multiple things online at once, so render speed isn't a factor, and unless it was hidiously slow (and I'm talking in the 5-10+ second mark) I don't care.
I don't know your configuration, but on my computer, IE7 b2 loads a great deal faster than Firefox does. Edited 2006-09-08 12:23
Internet Explorer isn't actually an executable. If you go under program files and delete iexplore.exe, you can still get internet explorer by typing a URL into an explorer window.
IE starts up much faster on windows systems because the DLLs are always preloaded in the background. This is due in part to the fact IE is integrated into the core of windows and loaded with explorer.
Really? My favorite thing about IE7 is that it loads up literally instantly for me, while IE6 took a second or a few, depending.