During the last ten years, Internet Explorer (IE) has completely lost its reputation - mostly thanks to its poor performance, stability issues, security vulnerabilities and a lack of functionality. IE became a joke among PC users. But luckily for its fans, Microsoft hasn't given up hope. In fact, it improved things drastically in the last three versions. However, IE9's performance is still remarkably poor compared to the other web browsers.
This brings us to Internet Explorer 10. Now if you may or may not know, Microsoft has completed its development, included it with Windows 8 RTM, and released it as a download
for Windows 7 PCs. Since Windows 8 RTM is now available on MSDN and TechNet, we were able to benchmark IE10. Has IE gotten any faster? Read on to find out.
After installing Windows 8 RTM, we noticed that IE10 comes with an Adobe Flash Player 11.3 pre-installed. It is also worth mentioning that on the Metro UI, IE10 runs 64-bit tabs by default. But on the desktop UI, IE10 runs 32-bit tabs by default. In order to enable 64-bit on the desktop, users must tick the "Enable Enhanced Protected Mode" option in Internet Options > Advanced > Security. Hardware Specification:
• AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
• ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
• 4GB DDR3 Crucial Technology
• AMD Radeon HD 6870 Software Specification:
• Microsoft Windows 8 Professional RTM 64-bit
• Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (Just for IE9)
• AMD Catalyst 12.8
• Adobe Flash Player 11.3
• Google Chrome 21.0.1180.79
• Mozilla Firefox 14.0.1
• Internet Explorer 10 RTM 32-bit
• Internet Explorer 10 RTM 64-bit
• Internet Explorer 9.0.8 32-bit
• Internet Explorer 9.0.8 64-bit
• Opera 12.01 32-bit
• Opera 12.01 64-bit
• Apple Safari 5.1.7
Note: All browsers were tested with default settings. We didn't touch anything.
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WebVizBench is an animated and interactive radio playlist visualization and benchmarking application written entirely in HTML5, optimized for Microsoft IE9, and tweaked to harness the power of GPU-enhanced Web browsing.
To measure the web browsers' memory usage, we opened four tabs and ran a Google Search on every each one of them. The results were taken with a Windows Task Manager. Conclusions: