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    Default Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    Microsoft has released its own tests that show IE8 can load many websites faster than two open source browsers: Firefox and Chrome


    Just before announcing that Internet Explorer 8 has been finalized, Microsoft has released a new report titled "Measuring Browser Performance: Understanding issues in benchmarking and performance analysis." The document explains the various browser and network components and how each piece can impact performance when benchmarking, capabilities and limitations of various benchmarking tools, as well as ways to design tests to avoid these issues.


    What makes this report extremely dubious is the chart that is buried at the bottom. It shows IE8 outperforming Firefox 3.05 and Chrome 1.0, something that no other test on the Internet has ever shown before.



    Before I start to rant and rave, I want to explain that I am an IE8 user (in fact this post was written using IE8 on Windows 7), though I do use other browsers from time to time. IE8 is a vast improvement over IE7, especially in performance, but I will be the first to admit that it still does not compete with third-party browsers when it comes to speed. However, the table Microsoft provides shows the load times for the top 25 websites according to comScore, and IE8 does quite well.


    The report notes that Microsoft "used the browser 'Done' indicator for timing when the page when the page is completely loaded at that point. For pages which continue to load and change after the 'one' indication we have used common visual cues to generate the timings. Timing is started when the Go button is pressed. These timings were captured in January 2009; because Internet content is always changing you may get different timings when you run these tests."






    As you can see, IE8 outperforms Firefox 3.05 and Chrome 1.0 in loading 12 websites, Chrome 1.0 places second by loading nine sites first, and Firefox brings up the rear by loading four sites faster than the other two browsers. Also, in case you missed it, IE loads mozilla.com faster than Firefox, and Firefox loads microsoft.com faster than IE, just for kicks. This report is bound to stir up a lot of controversy, especially since Microsoft outlines its exact methodology. The report is available publicly at the Microsoft Download Center in PDF and XPS formats, so check it out if you have the time for reading through 14 pages. Microsoft chooses approximately 25 websites for daily testing, and tens of thousands on a monthly basis. If you're going to do your own tests, Microsoft emphasizes that "any list of websites to be used for benchmarking must contain a variety of websites, including international websites, to help ensure a complete picture of performance as users would experience on the Internet."



    Microsoft obviously wants to get users who are using alternative browser to come and try out IE8, which is why this report is quietly being released just before the new browser becomes available this month. Is this the best way to go about it? The fact that this is the first test (at least that I'm aware of) to show IE8 loading multiple websites faster than Firefox and Chrome, and the top 25 websites no less, is very supicious. What do you think?




    Microsoft has a promotional video up on microsoft.com that shows off these speed tests. Looks like the report may have been released quietly, but Microsoft is promoting the data from it quite strongly.

    Finally, a REAL test. i'm sick of those bullshit "javascript testing" and saying this browser is
    faster than that one (and that IE is like a turtle).

    btw, #1/#16 and #4, $6 ... are really funny
    Last edited by CvP; March 12th, 2009 at 23:27. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    Default Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    ie kochuta korbe.Final product dekhlei bojha jabe.Tar age kisui believeable na!

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    Default Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    I used IE8 at a very early stage. And at that time it was almost as fast a Mozilla for some sites. It wont surprise me if some of the sites do load faster on IE8. Its definitely a huge improvement over IE7

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    Default Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    IE nia ar koto je lafalafi korbe je micro$h!t.... IE sucks big time.... xD

    But yea IE te MSN/Live er site fast load hoi onno je kono browser thekay... but not any other sites like shown in the chart.....
    Last edited by coldfire7; March 13th, 2009 at 01:18.

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    Thumbs down Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    lol yup m$ sux major time xD
    And they used ff3.05? O.O
    while the latest is 3.07 and they used the latest ie?

    cvp when was this test done?
    Last edited by Codex; March 13th, 2009 at 14:33. Reason: ;)

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    Default Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    it is written in the article. Jan, 2009.
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    Default Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    duh......even if IE really loads a page 2x faster than Mozilla or chrome...i would still stick to Mozilla and chrome...

    IE is the lamest browser I've ever seen

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    Default Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox


    sobai dekho
    MICROSOFT er product IE jeita nijer website Access korte deri hoise and lost to FF

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    Default Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by ЯV●shafiee007 View Post
    duh......even if IE really loads a page 2x faster than Mozilla or chrome...i would still stick to Mozilla and chrome...

    IE is the lamest browser I've ever seen
    no that would be mozilla (without any addons).

    Quote Originally Posted by |DRZ|Sam View Post

    sobai dekho
    MICROSOFT er product IE jeita nijer website Access korte deri hoise and lost to FF
    ya. similarly mozilla and google loads faster in IE
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    Default Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    haha!Post of the day

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    Default Re: Microsoft's own speed tests show IE beating Chrome, Firefox

    I'll rather trust Judas and crucified myself but not Microsoft!
    And for me.. even if IE perform faster than FF .. I am gonna stick with FF. Theres no doubt about it.
    Sometimes quality beats speed!
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