IE9 Races for Fastest Browsers in the World Spot with Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari
Performance-wise, the release of Platform Preview 3 Build 18.104.22.168.74.6000
has brought Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) closer than ever to the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Safari and Firefox. It’s clear that with the next generation of Internet Explorer, Microsoft has a real shot at grabbing the world’s fastest browser spot, in the detriment of rival browsers developed by Google, Mozilla, Opera or Apple. But such glory will undoubtedly be short lived, by any standards, as neither Internet Explorer 9, nor any other browser will be capable of achieving a speed advantage sufficiently comfortable to allow it to maintain the lead for a longer period of time.
Then again, this aspect matters little to all interested parties, from browser vendors, to users, web and add-on developers, etc. Google, Mozilla, Opera, Safari and even Microsoft have used various opportunities to applaud the performance of their respective browsers over that of rivals, enjoying different levels of credibility. It is after all an ongoing race, much like the overall evolution of browsers.
The Redmond company has the toughest job of all rivals in bringing to the public conclusions of its own measuring contests in which IE comes on top of its competitors. The software giant’s comparison of browser speed done for IE8
, using real-world scenarios, put IE9’s predecessor on top of Chrome 1.0 and Firefox 3.5 in early 2009. But I remember a range of user feedback that expressed skepticism of Microsoft’s findings.