According to a recent study from New Relic, Internet Explorer 9 is the world’s fastest browser beating Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome by performance that is three times better. Till now, most of the comparison that we have seen involves a lab with few users testing and approving the stuff. However, this time the testing is big.
The company “currently monitoring about 750 million page views a day, 5 billion a week and 20 billion a month for 20,000 active accounts.” They claim to have the “world’s largest database of application performance data in existence.”
It’s not of the wildest claim that we have seen. Back in January, a similar study was published by Strangeloop that showed up to five percent faster performance for IE9.
“New Relic is well positioned to able to comment credibly on the state of web performance from the end user perspective due to its reach (monitors 150,000 unique domains on the internet) and its test methodology,” Ryan Gavin, general manager, Internet Explorer
“Ensuring that level of performance starts with our testing and performance facilities here at Microsoft. Our engineering team recently posted a thorough blog post explaining exactly how we test, measure, and engineer Internet Explorer so it is fast where it counts – on the web pages you visit every day,” Ryan Gavin concluded.
Microsoft has come a long way from the haunting ghost of IE6 and it now has a browser that can really shine when it comes to performance. However, it once enjoyed very good support from dedicated developers who created extensions and addons. Now, Mozilla has the highest number of usable extensions, followed by Google’s chrome but IE is seriously starting to lag.