Had you heard that IE 8 loads pages faster than Firefox 3.05 and Chrome 1.0 on the worlds 25 most visited web sites?

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IE8 is one of the fastest browsers, it loads faster on:

  • 5 out of the top 10 sites
  • 12 of the top 25
  • 3 times as many as Firefox
  • 1/3 more than Chrome

Checkout the video from the IE Performance Testing Lab in Redmond

Microsoft outlines its exact methodology with testing real web pages in real life in this paper: Measuring Browser Performance: Understanding issues in benchmarking and performance analysis

Interestingly IE loads mozilla.com faster than Firefox, and Firefox loads microsoft.com faster than IE.