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Jojan
05-07-2009, 02:55 PM
Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 beats IE8 in Microsoft's own load times test
Who knows how many microseconds you can feel in the average day? But if you feel 50% fewer of them, over time, you just might notice.

Last month, Microsoft published a white paper (http://www.betanews.com/article/IE8-loads-pages-faster-but-not-fast-enough-in-Microsoft-test-recreation/1238040429) suggesting that, as first adopters installed the final build of Internet Explorer 8, they judge the real performance of the new browser based on what they feel when they use it. Specifically, the authors of the paper (PDF available here (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=cd8932f3-b4be-4e0e-a73b-4a373d85146d)) advised users to load their favorite Web sites and feel how much less time it takes to see results. But since many Web sites take only microseconds to load anyway -- perhaps beyond the range of everyday human feeling -- they went on to suggest that folks take videos of their Web sites loading, and use the time index cues to tell the story of whether they should feel pages loading faster or not.

Betanews took Microsoft up on its suggestion...kind of. No, we didn't set up a video camera. But we did set up a clean virtual machine with an adaptation of WebMonkey's Browser Load Time Stopwatch (http://cache.lifehacker.com/assets/resources/stopwatch.php), to see just how many microseconds we should be feeling if our feelers felt that sensitively. At the time, our tests concluded that the latest edition of Mozilla's production release of Firefox available at that time, version 3.0.7, could load 25 selected pages from comScore's Top 50 Web sites (plus Betanews thrown in for good measure) 13% faster on average than the final IE8, and Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 loaded those pages 31% faster than IE8.

In a fresh round of Betanews tests this morning, however, we discovered the gap had widened considerably, at least with respect to Mozilla's latest public beta. Firefox 3.5 Beta 4, released yesterday (http://www.betanews.com/article/Firefox-35-Beta-4-Mozilla-delivers-the-speed-as-Beta-5-gets-under-way/1240933290) (actually the next public beta after 3.1 Beta 3), blew away IE8 by loading pages 81% faster on average [an adjusted figure following a math correction by some of our readers, much obliged].


http://images.betanews.com/media/3200.jpg

We used 23 of the 25 Web sites chosen by Microsoft for its own test -- which, incidentally, concluded IE8 was generally on a par with other Web browsers. Two sites -- Blogger.com and MySpace -- do not test accurately with the timer because of how they use JavaScript, so we replaced those with two sites in comScore's list of hot properties, TV.com and Weather.com. Then we added Betanews for good measure.

The Web sites that loaded faster in IE8 than in Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 were Google (certainly among the most used), YouTube by a small margin, eBay, and if you can believe it, Betanews. These results held up over multiple tries, and we gave IE8 the fastest time whenever we tried more than once. To ensure that we weren't hitting on the memory cache, we cleaned the cache completely for both browsers prior to loading each time trial.

In tests of JavaScript and CSS rendering performance yesterday, we found Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 to have 477% the speed of IE8 when performing calculations. Add to this the fact that the new beta renders fresh pages in about three-fourths the time, and we begin to wonder just what it is we're supposed to be feeling.

http://www.betanews.com/article/Firefox-35-Beta-4-beats-IE8-in-Microsofts-own-load-times-test/1241027112

Free?
05-07-2009, 04:48 PM
They ran a test, they got the result, they posted it, nothing groundbreaking.
Google Chrome pwns both of FF and IE in speed, consuming less cpu resources and starting up faster, I can tell you that without any Microsoft testing.

the_offsprings_monkey
05-07-2009, 06:52 PM
They ran a test, they got the result, they posted it, nothing groundbreaking.
Google Chrome pwns both of FF and IE in speed, consuming less cpu resources and starting up faster, I can tell you that without any Microsoft testing.

All I know is Firefox is alot safer. Google chrome has nothing to it. It's just a shell basically.

Llamas
05-07-2009, 07:37 PM
Wait, this is news? Hasn't it been widely known for a few years now that MF is way faster than IE? I figured that nobody even uses IE anymore besides old people who are just so fascinated by this technology stuff... :P

Jebus
05-07-2009, 10:27 PM
I started using Internet Explorer to be ironic.

Smash_Returns
05-07-2009, 10:46 PM
Firefox is still much better than Chrome, simply because its much more substantial. And its open source.

jacknife737
05-07-2009, 11:13 PM
I use chrome; i don't care about any add-ons or whatever.

Budzy
05-08-2009, 01:44 AM
Wait, this is news? Hasn't it been widely known for a few years now that MF is way faster than IE? I figured that nobody even uses IE anymore besides old people who are just so fascinated by this technology stuff... :P

I always thought this was the case aswell. Even though I still use IE, simply because I can't stand the fonts on FireFox and can't be fucked changing it.

m.offspring.r
05-08-2009, 02:21 AM
I use Opera. :D

Free?
05-08-2009, 03:09 AM
Being safe isn't a primary requirement to me for a web browser, I'll leave the protection job to antiviruses. What I need from browser is being fast. And come on, I don't type my passwords everywhere I can.

KyleW
05-08-2009, 06:07 AM
I always thought this was the case aswell. Even though I still use IE, simply because I can't stand the fonts on FireFox and can't be fucked changing it.

QFT. Although firefox may be quicker Im sure I can wait another half second for my web page to load.

Stylie
05-08-2009, 06:28 AM
Everyone should know Mozilla Firefox is the best web browser.




I use Opera. :D

Hey, Opera is Norwegian stuff, yeah! Great browser indeed. ^^

Smash_Returns
05-08-2009, 06:43 AM
I use Opera. :D

haha, well, I always thought the Speed Dial was kinda neat, cause I really only frequent 4-5 websites.

Endymion
05-08-2009, 08:29 AM
Firefox is still much better than Chrome, simply because its much more substantial. And its open source.

hint: chrome is also open source, and its license (bsd) is *more* open than the mozilla license. it also uses a rendering engine that is vastly superior in design and ease of use for a developer.

Omni
05-08-2009, 03:03 PM
I remember as a kid I used to prefer Netscape to IE.