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IE10 first look

This blogpost is a bit different than the usual ones, as
it’s not coding-related.

I’m currently using IE10pp as my browser and it has blown me away so far, the
last IE I’ve really used was IE8, so I did miss out on IE9 for most of the
part, but nevertheless it’s an impressive browser.

Benchmarks

Detailed Results

Average (ms)

IE8

3746

Firefox 3.6.13

753

Safari 5.0.3

310

Firefox 4.0 Beta 12

247

Chrome 10

248

Chrome 11 Developer

243

Opera 11

240

IE9 Final Release

214

 

These are some benchmark results (WebKit SunSpider
Javascript Benchmarks).

As an IE8 user, you can kind of guess my surprise in seeing these results. I’ve
had experiences with every browser on that list, and no single one actually
adds up to what IE10 gives you. Now IE10 is not on this list yet, it doesn’t
even have a final release yet, but so far it’s the only good competition for
IE9.

But the benchmarks usually aren’t the only thing to convince
someone, surely not if you see how close this is together really. But let’s illustrate
this difference in time (IE9 -> chrome11 = 29ms).this is  about the time you connect to www.bing.com.

Let’s check out some more benchmarks:

Cross-browser Test Results Summary:

Web Standards

Number of
Submitted Tests

Internet
Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2

Mozilla Firefox
5

Opera 11.11

Apple Safari
5.0.5

Google Chrome
12.0.742.100

Internet
Explorer 9

HTML5

226

98%

79%

56%

59%

83%

53%

SVG 1.1 2nd edition

70

100%

90%

94%

84%

91%

100%

CSS

210

92%

80%

60%

60%

69%

70%

DOM

127

100%

92%

82%

84%

90%

100%

Web Performance

11

91%

0%

0%

0%

91%

100%

Web Applications

215

97%

60%

67%

47%

56%

42%

JavaScript

5,809

100%

97%

34%

75%

94%

95%

 

Internet Explorer Test Pages Copyright © 2011
Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

 

This table
speaks for itself, IE10 just blows all the others away with stunning scores of
up to 100%! There has been a slight decrease in Web Performance compared to
IE9, but keep in mind that this isn’t a final release of the browser so I’m
quite confident that it will reach the 100% score, like IE9 did.

Sandbox

Now here is
the thing that caught my interest even faster than IE10’s connection speed. The
sandbox mode. This is a little something that they use to prevent harmful code
to be executed on your computer, without you even knowing. An example is
phishing. If you enable sandbox mode, the browser will detect phishers and your
credentials won’t be sond to the people trying to steal your information. IE10
faces nearly no competition in this subject, firefox hasn’t even build a
sandbox yet, and chrome’s sandbox just doesn’t reach the functionality that
IE10 does.

Basically
sandbox is a collection of handy “plug-ins” that make your life easier, and
your browser experience safer. I don’t think there’s anyone out there who
doesn’t profit from this functionality, and I just love this more than all the
rest of the impressive stuff that IE10 just throws at you the minute you launch
it.

GPU Power

One of the
great advantages IE10 has, is the ability to talk to your GPU directly. This
causes a great improvement in graphics that run on your browser. Not a big
difference with IE9 but still worth mentioning, because up untill today no
other browser scores as good on the GPU benchmarks as IE9 did months ago.

Conclusion

While IE10
is still in development, it has already convinced me to use it as my preffered
browser. The layout isn’t tip-top yet but it’s good enough to work with it and
the render options make it a very cool tool to check out!

I’m sure I’ll be doing a more in-depth blog about IE10 as development goes on,
and there are still quite a few
aspects I haven’t discussed yet. This was a very basic look on IE10 that should
give a good impression on how the browser compares to the others.