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Windows 7: Internet Explorer 8 helps you save time with Accelerato


30 Jun 2009   #1

 
Internet Explorer 8 helps you save time with Accelerato

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There’s been a great deal of more talk lately about browser performance. You may have seen some previous discussion about page load performance as you saw here in a video and whitepaper in March. Page load ensures that you get to where you want to go quickly. But page load time differences actually measure about the length it takes for a person to blink their eye once, making a win for any browser pretty inconsequential as far as time savings go.

However, Internet Explorer 8 today offers a feature that saves you time and clicks and lets you get things done more quickly: Accelerators. Accelerators optimize the browser experience by removing repetitive, time consuming actions and give people easy access to the online services they use most. You can discover new Accelerators for Internet Explorer 8 at the Internet Explorer 8 Add-ons Gallery.

With all the talk about performance, we wanted to see what features like Accelerators really meant for time savings when people use the web, so we created another video looking at common tasks people actually do in four browsers: Safari 4.0, Chrome 2.0 beta, Firefox 3.5 beta 99 and Internet Explorer 8. Please note, all tests were performed using the default installation settings for each browser. No additional add-ons or extensions were added. 

Here is a video that shows off how Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 make your browsing experience quicker and easier:


Accelerators in IE8 Help Save Time!


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30 Jun 2009   #2
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Shame its not an integral part of Windows 7 RTM.... unless you want it to be .

To be honest i have not tried any accelerators at all with IE8, but after reading this i may well experiment.

Thanks for the Info Z3r010
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30 Jun 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

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But page load time differences actually measure about the length it takes for a person to blink their eye once, making a win for any browser pretty inconsequential as far as time savings go.
When I load a certain webpage in Internet Explorer 8, it takes around 5-7 seconds, the latter few of which are spent watching each element of the page load individually. Loading the same webpage in Firefox 3.5, on the same broadband connection, is close to instantaneous. I notice similar differences on every website I've ever tested.

So the quoted statement is correct, IF it takes you around 5 seconds to complete a blink.
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30 Jun 2009   #4
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OS3.5
 
 

I'm finding accelerators to be a great tool that I'm using more all the time. Specially google's define. Very easy to use, highlight a word, click the blue arrow, all accelerators, define, a new tab opens with the definition of the word.

Just wish there was a way to organize its context menu. Can't seem to find any way to move items around so I can choose which are shown in the first menu so as not to have to go into "all accelerators".
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30 Jun 2009   #5

Linux (Debian, Android)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BCXtreme View Post
When I load a certain webpage in Internet Explorer 8, it takes around 5-7 seconds, the latter few of which are spent watching each element of the page load individually. Loading the same webpage in Firefox 3.5, on the same broadband connection, is close to instantaneous. I notice similar differences on every website I've ever tested.

So the quoted statement is correct, IF it takes you around 5 seconds to complete a blink.
What sites are you going to? IE8 and FF3.5 are both near instantaneous to me.
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01 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Firestrider View Post
What sites are you going to? IE8 and FF3.5 are both near instantaneous to me.
I'm not going to disclose my entire browsing routine, but among the sites I've tested are WinCustomize, Weather.com, and these forums. Each one takes between 5-10 seconds on IE8, less than five seconds on FF 3.0, and almost instant on FF 3.5. The most drastic difference was on Weather.com, which went from about 7 seconds on IE8 to 1-2 on FF 3.5.
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01 Jul 2009   #7

Win7 Ultimate, x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BCXtreme View Post
I'm not going to disclose my entire browsing routine, but among the sites I've tested are WinCustomize, Weather.com, and these forums. Each one takes between 5-10 seconds on IE8, less than five seconds on FF 3.0, and almost instant on FF 3.5. The most drastic difference was on Weather.com, which went from about 7 seconds on IE8 to 1-2 on FF 3.5.
Is that with or without a cache dump and a page refresh? I can see where it would be quite quick if FF 3.5 were accessing a cache. The next question would be something along the lines of, "Why isn't IE also using cache?"
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01 Jul 2009   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by srq2625 View Post
Is that with or without a cache dump and a page refresh? I can see where it would be quite quick if FF 3.5 were accessing a cache. The next question would be something along the lines of, "Why isn't IE also using cache?"
It's not trying to pull the pages from a cache, and therefore does not require manual refresh. Every time I load a page in FF, it downloads it fresh from the server. I hate when you have it set to require a manual refresh to actually download the newest version of the webpage.
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02 Jul 2009   #9

WinXP
 
 

why would anyone even need these accelerators if the browser was made/created/coded correctly to begin with? I didn't try any accelerators because I need recommendations from people that try and use them, or are guinea pigs/beta testors.. so, are they safe? do they mess up anything?

Just asking..
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05 Jul 2009   #10
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OS3.5
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by retiredat44 View Post
why would anyone even need these accelerators if the browser was made/created/coded correctly to begin with? I didn't try any accelerators because I need recommendations from people that try and use them, or are guinea pigs/beta testors.. so, are they safe? do they mess up anything?

Just asking..
What???

It seems your under the impression that accelerators have to do with browsing performance, it doesn't. Its meant to speed up things you might want to do and save you time, by providing quick links, but nothing to do with the overall browser performance.

Web accelerators are more like tools, mainly in the form of links. If your using IE8 and left them on during setup, if you highlight a word or phrase on a webpage, clicking on the blue arrow box opens the accelerator context window. Theres a whole host of things to do like search, blog, define, maps, etc.

Check here for more info:
Internet Explorer 8: Features

Heres the gallery of accelerators:
Accelerators - Add-ons Gallery

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Another place for more info:
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...a5fde1033.mspx
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