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Buoyed by the good news of market share growth in August for Internet Explorer, Microsoft is touting major improvements in the new Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 Release Preview on Wednesday.

Microsoft is claiming that the Release Preview is 5 percent faster than the Developer Preview, and more than 30 percent faster than the nearest competitive browser. While that's only on one benchmark, the Webkit-based JavaScript test SunSpider, it's still remarkable that IE wins out on any benchmark.

Work on the rebuilt F12 developer's tools in IE 11 continues in the Release Preview, with several options added since the Developer Preview debuted. Developers can create reproduceable performance results with an "always refresh from server" option, the DOM Explorer allows for better site fine-tuning, and WebGL errors will be mapped to their corresponing JavaScript location.

The upshot of this is that Microsoft isn't just making IE better for end-users, but trying to attract Web developers who may have left for a browser that gave them more options.

Further changes in the new Release Preview include more customization options for fonts in closed-caption video playback, and support for the latest draft of the W3C's Do Not Track specification. Microsoft took a surprisingly aggressive stance with DNT when it turned it on by default in IE 10.

E 10 is doing well on Windows 7, Capriotti said. Its use is at a two-year high, according to Microsoft's numbers, and "Internet Explorer 6 is dropping nicely, at 6 percent worldwide or less," he said. "We're excited to see all those people coming to Internet Explorer."

If it turns out that IE's new good fortune is less of a market share blip and more of a permanent bump, IE will have pulled off one of the greatest product reversals of all time.

Quoted most of the important bits. IE is really making a strong comeback now that Microsoft is focusing on it. It's still the fastest browser I've got (Waterfox and Chrome can't touch it.)
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See, this is just confusing to me.

Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome have been out for years upon years. How is it possible that each new release can be faster and faster?

After spending so much time working on them, why haven't they reached their maximum performance yet or at least hit 95%? Especially since IE has been out for almost 20 years.
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Frick, as far I have been able to determine, IE and all the other browsers are getting faster in heavy Javascript/etc sites. Most day to day browsers on FB or MSN won't notice, but sites like OCN or others with lots going on benefit tremendously from a more efficient browser.

Put another way, most users on a Conroe C2D won't be able to tell it apart from a 4960X @ 5.0ghz if all they do is run Microsoft word. However, Intel keeps putting out newer and faster CPUs for those that DO need the extra speed. I think the browser wars are going the same direction.
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Frick, as far I have been able to determine, IE and all the other browsers are getting faster in heavy Javascript/etc sites. Most day to day browsers on FB or MSN won't notice, but sites like OCN or others with lots going on benefit tremendously from a more efficient browser.

But hasn't Javascript also been around for almost 20 years?

Why hasn't that been mastered and optimized to perfection at this point? Considering that SO MANY other browsers are constantly working on it.
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But hasn't Javascript also been around for almost 20 years?

Why hasn't that been mastered and optimized to perfection at this point? Considering that SO MANY other browsers are constantly working on it.

Could the same not be said for x86? Or binary for that matter? wink.gif

There are an infinite number of ways to make a website look.
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Instead of directly interpretting javascript code, browsers are using JIT (just in time) compilation to x86/ARM machine code to boost performance. Just like any other compiler, there are always going to be ways to improve performance of the compiled code as well compile the code faster.
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But hasn't Javascript also been around for almost 20 years?

Why hasn't that been mastered and optimized to perfection at this point? Considering that SO MANY other browsers are constantly working on it.
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