Performance benchmarking: Internet Explorer 8 vs Chrome
IE8 > Chrome?
There are some fantastic myths about browser speed and performance circulating on the web.
There's a very good video (embedded below) showing the results of Microsoft's own performance testing of IE8 against other browsers. MS is a commercial organisation not an impartial source, but they are also highly accountable and can't lie to promote their own products.
An influential network of prolific anti-MS bloggers gleefully promote and distribute popular misconceptions about MS, particularly regarding IE. (E.g. “Chrome is faster than IE", etc.) They seem happy to do so without any scrutiny or reference to the facts, circulating and regurgitating unfounded claims. A number of readers who lack technical or scientific awareness will inevitably absorb some of this misinformation. Mud sticks. The most vocal anti-MS blogs are typically written by people who blatantly have vested interests in products and services which openly aim to compete with Microsoft -- often within the “open source" community. In many cases, the worst offenders are opinion-leaders who officially represent projects seeking to compete with MS. In other words, what they're really doing is serving their own interests.
Microsoft pre-empted the critics a few days before the final release of IE 8.0 by publishing a downloadable document on performance benchmarking to encourage users to test the various claims and counter-claims for themselves and to promote understanding of the computer science involved.
Video: comparing IE8 with other web browsers
19 March 2009