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Windows 7: Why do people say IE is slow?


29 Nov 2009   #1

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Why do people say IE is slow?

Title says it all. I've seen many people say this, but I've never had any speed-related problem with IE8. Then again, it could be because my computer is so fast.


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29 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

"Why do people say IE is slow?"

It is, well rather, it is in comparison to alternative browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.
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30 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I think what you call slow and what other people call slow are different things.

From what I can understand, what you call slow is slow web page loading. Well, IE is pretty fast in that respect. I've seen it load sites faster than even Chrome at times.

But IE's interface is slow compared to other browsers. I'd say Chrome is best, then Opera, then Firefox and finally IE. Just look at how long it takes for IE to open up a new tab.

Also, the javascript performance is slow in IE compared to other browsers. Actually, it is VERY slow compared to Chrome and Opera.

I'm sure it runs better on your PC, but I'm also sure that Chrome or Opera would run even faster on your PC. Whether you notice it or not - that I can't really tell.
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30 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

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"Why do people say IE is slow?"
Actually, there are several reasons but 4 common reasons are:
1. They hate Microsoft,
2. They heard from somebody who heard from somebody else that years ago it was slower,
3. They are Firefox (or Chrome - or basically anything not IE) fanatics,
4. They are biased, unprofessional IT media seeking and exploiting sensationalism.
Radical? Perhaps. But in reality, for most people, the differences are negligible and you should go with the browser you like, and are comfortable with. I really like IE8 and have no issues with speed. Opening new tabs is practically instantaneous so I don't know where Anusha is coming from there. It takes less than 1 second on my slowest machine (Intel P4HT with 1Gb of RAM) to open new tabs that go to my home page Google, and they "pop" open on my E5300 and Corei7 systems - via cable broadband.

Note this PC World IE8 FF3.07 Showdown,
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By and large, we found that Internet Explorer 8 performed well, and beat out Firefox 3.0.7 in the majority of our time trials.

IE 8 is Faster, But Will You Notice? In practical, everyday use, you likely won't notice much of a difference between IE 8 and Firefox 3.
Speed Test: Firefox 3 vs. IE 8 vs Opera 9.5,
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The most astonishing values are two page loading times of Firefox 3. It tool 13.17 seconds to load Digg while Opera needed 5.59 seconds and Internet Explorer 8 only 5.28 seconds. The second huge difference was encountered on Facebook where Opera 9.5 was the fastest browser with a loading time of 1.95 seconds.

Internet Explorer 8 followed with 2.83 seconds and Firefox 3 needed 22.60 seconds to load the page. Firefox on the other hand was the fastest browser when loading my site with 1.9 seconds followed by Opera with 2.38 and Internet Explorer with 4.83 seconds.
Java? Yes, IE lags a bit there, but what's a "bit"?

Beta Browser Speed Tests: Which Is Fastest? - Performance - Lifehacker, (My BOLD UPPERCASE emphasis),
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JavaScript continues to grow in importance as a browser benchmark, because it's the backbone of no-reload interfaces like Gmail, Facebook, and lots of other webapps. Once again I used Sean Patrick Kane's revised JavaScript speed tests and averaged out three results to measure the browsers: Firefox bests Chrome in this test by a handy lead, while IE 8 takes nearly twice as long (in MILLISECONDS, of course)
Just over 200ms, that's just over 2/10 of 1 second! Not a blink of the eye, but pretty darn close.

If you are unhappy with the way IE8 performs for YOU and YOUR computing habits, then by all means, try an alternative. FF is an excellent browser, and Chrome is showing great promise. Nearly every browser shines in one area or another. (Note: ALL users should be current and upgrade to IE8, even if not their default browser, as part of practicing safe computing - it is also faster than IE7)

Take with a grain of salt anyone who says one is cr@p and another is best. And totally ignore anyone who says you are unsafe if you use this one or that one. If you get infected, it's because you failed to keep your systems patched, updated, scanned and blocked, or because you participated in risky activities - illegal porn, gambling, or worst yet, filesharing of copyrighted materials (songs and videos) on P2P sites - not because you used this browser, or didn't use that one.
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30 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
Quote:
"Why do people say IE is slow?"
Actually, there are several reasons but 4 common reasons are:
1. They hate Microsoft,
2. They heard from somebody who heard from somebody else that years ago it was slower,
3. They are Firefox (or Chrome - or basically anything not IE) fanatics,
4. They are biased, unprofessional IT media seeking and exploiting sensationalism.
Well, I can say this now.

1. I love Microsoft.
2. I hear it from everyone but I don't let others cloud my decisions or opinions. I do take them into account though.
3. I love Chrome, but if IE was really better I would have stuck with it.
4. I cannot really reply to this one due to the fact that I'm not IT.

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Digerati you make great, informative posts. Keep that up.
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30 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7
 
 
IE8, the best

I use IE8 and I love it. It satisfies all my browsing needs and the loading is fast. I hear chrome is pretty fast, haven't compared the two yet.
I had Firefox and Chrome, but in the end I chose to stick with IE8.
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30 Nov 2009   #7

Win7
 
 

To each his own--I DETEST using IE and only use it in the very rare instance when it's required. Otherwise, I do my browsing in FF. I've tried all the browsers and always end up with FF. I usually have a Portable Version of FF in either a Beta or RC version, along with the official version, so I can see what's new in the upcoming release.
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30 Nov 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Digerati has it.

In the last 5 years or so, the browser choice has been subject to a lot of zealotry, fueled by a lot of anti-Microsoft sentiment reminiscent of the PC/Mac wars, Ford versus Chevy, and my dad can whip your dad.

At one time I used Netscape, then went to IE for over 10 years. Over the last 3 or 4 years, I read a lot about how terrible IE was and how magnificent Brand F was. I had no particular issues with IE, but got drunk on the propaganda (honest opinions if you prefer) and succumbed--I now use Brand F.

Brand F has its issues as did IE, but you aren't likely to hear a lot about them from the zealots. You could read the Brand F forums to get a good whiff.

I don't notice any speed differences. The primary difference in ordinary usage is the fewer choices in the configuration for Brand F.
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30 Nov 2009   #9

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Digerati has it.

In the last 5 years or so, the browser choice has been subject to a lot of zealotry, fueled by a lot of anti-Microsoft sentiment reminiscent of the PC/Mac wars, Ford versus Chevy, and my dad can whip your dad.

At one time I used Netscape, then went to IE for over 10 years. Over the last 3 or 4 years, I read a lot about how terrible IE was and how magnificent Brand F was. I had no particular issues with IE, but got drunk on the propaganda (honest opinions if you prefer) and succumbed--I now use Brand F.

Brand F has its issues as did IE, but you aren't likely to hear a lot about them from the zealots. You could read the Brand F forums to get a good whiff.

I don't notice any speed differences. The primary difference in ordinary usage is the fewer choices in the configuration for Brand F.
So, you have chosen to characterize the millions of Firefox users as "zealots". I guess I should then claim you are a MS fanboi. Sheesh. Name-calling over which browser someone likes is so childish. Who CARES which browser someone else uses?
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30 Nov 2009   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Dave:

Uh, I guess you missed the point of my post.

I use Firefox. Call me a zealot if you must. Some of my best friends are zealots.

I used to use IE.

If I were a "fanboi", I'd still be using IE.

Both browsers have issues.

Both brands have their zealots or fanbois or insert the synonym of your choice.

Parmee while I go study up on how to write more lucidly.
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