IE8 Beta 2 touted as a faster browser. But is it?

From a personal perspective, watching the time it takes for new tabs to load and then for the new pages to load in the tab, I’m a bit disappointed in the speed of IE8.  Even Maxthon, which uses the IE8 rendering engine is much faster opening new tabs and web pages.

My experience from testing Firefox 3.0 a while back, indicates that it is still the fastest browser available.  However, constant browser crashes and web site incompatibilities kept me from thinking seriously about using it long-term. 

So, that said, speed isn’t everything.  Still, the IE8 team needs to do a better job improving the speed and performance of IE8.

Firefox confusing the users with 2 versions

I was reading this news article about BetaNews about how the Mozilla folks have released a new version of Firefox 2 today.  Then, I darted down to the comments and read one that really stood out:

Most of the punters don't even know they are using IE7, many don't even know what a browser is. So Foxy is now pushing two at them, now that's just daft.

Read the full article and comments:

No longer using Firefox 3.0

I uninstalled Firefox 3.0 – finally.  I promise someone I would try it out for a week, and I did.  But, I was seriously counting the days for when I could initiate the uninstall sequence.

For me, Firefox’s improved speed was not enough to get me past the number of web application errors, poorly formatted web pages, and browser crashes that I, personally, experienced. 

What Firefox did do for me, though, was to get me to try out Maxthon.  And, so far it’s been great.  Maxthon gives the potential for the same features of Firefox through add-ons – just like Firefox does, yet Maxthon uses the IE rendering engine so everything works and I don’t live in fear of losing entered data due to a browser crash.

More on the Firefox effect on

So…Firefox 3.0 was released on June 17th.  And, while I’m not using Firefox 3.0 any longer (yes, I finally removed it from my computer – more about that later), it is interesting to see the Firefox versus IE stats on since it’s released.

Page Views, June 17th (Release date):

IE – 192,736

Firefox – 32,277


Page Views, June 19th (2 days after release):

IE – 167,280

Firefox – 28,216


Page Views, June 23rd (Monday, start of the week after release):

IE – 177,765

Firefox – 27,931


Page View, June 25th (yesterday):

IE – 186,108

Firefox – 32,169


So, to me – it seems like there’s really no effect at all.  Firefox didn’t gain any ground with the new release.  At least for, IE’s browser market share remains the same.

Why Firefox 3.0’s Phishing feature is faster than Microsoft’s?

I posted the other day about how IE7 runs just as fast as Firefox 3.0 if you turn off the automatic Phishing check in IE.

When Phishing is turned on IE7, IE7 contacts a Microsoft server somewhere to check against a database of known bad sites.  It does this each and every time you hit a page, refresh, or click a link, etc.

Well, it appears that Firefox 3.0 does this differently.  The Phishing database is actually updated from Google every 30 minutes or so to the local computer, and when Firefox 3.0 checks a site to see if its in the bad list, the list is actually accessed locally instead of across the Internet.  I’m not saying this is the primary reason why Firefox 3.0 is breaking speed barriers for Internet surfing, but it makes a good case if IE7 runs just as fast if its not contacting a remote server somewhere all the time.

This may be something the IE8 folks needs to keep in mind.

You can read more about how the Firefox Phishing feature works at the following link:

Thanks to Ben Scott for sending this link my way.