During the last ten years, Internet Explorer (IE) has completely lost its reputation - mostly thanks to its poor performance, stability issues, security vulnerabilities and a lack of functionality. IE became a joke among PC users. But luckily for its fans, Microsoft hasn't given up hope. In fact, it improved things drastically in the last three versions. However, IE9's performance is still remarkably poor compared to the other web browsers.
This brings us to Internet Explorer 10. Now if you may or may not know, Microsoft has completed its development and is included with Windows 8 RTM (coming soon to Windows 7 PCs). Since Windows 8 RTM is now available on MSDN and TechNet, we were able to benchmark IE10. Has IE gotten any faster? Read on to find out.
After installing Windows 8 RTM, we noticed that IE10 comes with an Adobe Flash Player 11.3 pre-installed. It is also worth mentioning that the 64-bit version of IE10 is available only through the Metro UI (as its web browser). On the desktop UI, you can only launch the 32-bit version (as far as we know).
- Microsoft Windows 8 Professional RTM 64-bit
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (Just for IE9)
- AMD Catalyst 12.8
- Adobe Flash Player 11.3
- Google Chrome 21.0.1180.79
- Mozilla Firefox 14.0.1
- Internet Explorer 10 RTM 32-bit
- Internet Explorer 10 RTM 64-bit
- Internet Explorer 9.0.8 32-bit
- Internet Explorer 9.0.8 64-bit
- Opera 12.01 32-bit
- Opera 12.01 64-bit
- Apple Safari 5.1.7