What browser do you think is the fastest on Windows 8?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by vali20, Aug 11, 2012.

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What browser do you think is the best to use with the Windows 8 experience?

  1. Internet Explorer for the Windows 8 user UI (Metro-UI)

    6.1%
  2. Internet Explorer for the desktop

    19.5%
  3. Google Chrome

    43.9%
  4. Mozilla Firefox

    19.5%
  5. Apple Safari

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Opera

    6.1%
  7. Other browser

    1.2%
  8. Chrome for Metro

    3.7%
  1. vali20

    vali20 MDL Junior Member

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    #1 vali20, Aug 11, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
    :excl: The title doesn't say the whole story: I am posting this from the Internet Explorer 10 for the Windows 8 UI browser. Why? Because I think it is the fastest browser on Windows 8. And it also offers a new, brilliant way to surf the Internet. Plus that the add-on free experience seems to be the right choice for me: no more heavy browsing and useless plug-ins. If I just want to watch a movie ocassionally, online, it's simple: the View in Internet Explorer for the desktop button is the optimal choice. No need for 3rd party browsers? Hm... Since I installed Windows 8, I never felt I need Google Chrome.

    But enough about me! Now I'm asking you: :) what browser do you think it's the best on Windows 8? I included 6 browsers in the poll in order for you to be easy to choose. And if your browser is not listed there or you have something to share with us, like a comment, picture or thought... do not use the "Share" button from Windows 8. Use the Reply to thread button on this page ;).

    Thanks for any response and hope you like this type of thread.
     
  2. Camazza

    Camazza MDL Member

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    You should add Chrome for Metro too. I use Chrome for Metro instead of IE because I have everything synced with Google and find it very fast even if it's not perfectly stable yet
     
  3. vali20

    vali20 MDL Junior Member

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    Wow, I didn't know that Chrome for Metro exists! Yes, for sure I shall update the poll, but how? Do you have any ideas, can you guide me? Thanks for your tip! ;)
     
  4. Boyfriend

    Boyfriend MDL Senior Member

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    Internet Explorer for the Windows 8 user UI (Metro-UI)

    IE is better for metro environment due to very strict flash control and no plugin/active x/blah blah.... The only downside is limited no of sites, user can open at a time. Good thing is that tracking protection list(s) subscribed in IE desktop automatically work in IE (Win8 UI). So we can use TPL to block ads and tracking :yeahyeah:
     
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  5. Yen

    Yen Admin
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    I did it for you. ;)
     
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  6. Camazza

    Camazza MDL Member

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    Yeah it automatically installs when you set Chrome as the default browser :) It's great that Google is already thinking about Metro!
     
  7. addicted2088

    addicted2088 MDL Novice

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    IE seems to be much better now, but Chrome still better in my opinion, specially the integrated search and address bar, which I love. And I never use Metro so Metro IE or Chrome don't matter to me. Metro's 'always fullscreen' really irks me, so I'm gonna be sticking to operating on the desktop with Classic Shell :D
     
  8. fenetre8

    fenetre8 MDL Novice

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    i have to say +1 for Chrome Metro specially on tablet where it is more usable than desktop chrome
     
  9. phailyoor

    phailyoor MDL Junior Member

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    Separate entries of Metro browsers are unnecessary because the metro versions use the exact same rendering as the desktop version.
     
  10. Camazza

    Camazza MDL Member

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    True, but the lack of plug-ins and unnecessary bits may make one better (faster) than the other. We should wait for more mature versions of third party Metro browsers to tell, though.
     
  11. bioforce

    bioforce MDL Novice

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    Right now, waterfox 14, but I haven't tried metro Chrome yet.
     
  12. Hassenky

    Hassenky MDL Novice

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    Google chrome is the fastest one. I'm using version 22 dev on metro.
     
  13. jpapertowels

    jpapertowels MDL Novice

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    This topic got me interested.
    Everything else is closed to ensure no spikes in CPU interfere with testing.

    Benchmark system:
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
    i7-990X @ 4.27GHz (6 cores, 12 threads)
    12GB DDR3-2133 RAM @ CL7-10-7-27-1N
    GTX 580 SLI
    SSD array @ 822 MB/s read, 488 MB/s write
    825 KB/s down, 82 KB/s up ADSL

    Kraken 1.1 (average of 10 runs, lower is better):
    Pale Moon 12.3 (x64) - 2391.9ms
    Waterfox 14.0.1 (x64) - 2282.7ms
    Chrome 21 (w32) - 1652.5ms
    Opera 12.01 (x64) - 6839.6ms

    Sunspider 0.9.1 (average of 10 runs, lower is better):
    Pale Moon 12.3 (x64) - 140.4ms
    Waterfox 14.0.1 (x64) - 157.6ms
    Chrome 21 (w32) - 125.3ms
    Opera 12.01 (x64) - 157.9ms

    Futuremark Peacekeeper (1 run, I'm not waiting for 2013, higher is better):
    Pale Moon 12.3 (x64) - 2804
    Waterfox 14.0.1 (x64) - 3227
    Chrome 21 (w32) - 4838
    Opera 12.01 (x64) - 3989 (it cheated by being unable to perform some tests, sneaky!)

    Page load (forums.mydigitallife.net, average of 10 loads, no caching, lower is better)
    Pale Moon 12.3 (x64) - 6.7s
    Waterfox 14.0.1 (x64) - 6.6s
    Chrome 21 (w32) - 5.2s
    Opera 12.01 (x64) - 9.3s

    I suppose this could help you guys pick a browser, but honestly you won't really feel much of a difference in the real world. For HTML and javascript games, I'd go with Chrome. Personally, I'll continue using Pale Moon just because of the layout of the UI being much easier for me to navigate.

    You may PM me with a browser you'd like me to benchmark and add to this, I (might) download the latest version (or beta, if requested) and test.

    I have much time to waste. :D
     
  14. sacred

    sacred MDL Novice

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    Hey guys, I am currently using Chrome and love it. What's the difference between metro mode and the normal mode anyway?
     
  15. ashoktvm

    ashoktvm MDL Senior Member

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    i have installed chrome and it is the default browser. but I dont have chrome for metro. which version should i install. I have version 19 installed now
     
  16. jayblok

    jayblok MDL Guru

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    i have installed chrome(stable) on 10 win8 rtm OS's,and every time chrome metro installs automatically when installing on desktop
     
  17. ALeXTheGreaT

    ALeXTheGreaT MDL Junior Member

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    #18 ALeXTheGreaT, Aug 12, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2012
    IE 10 is extremely fast browser with nice, fully native UI, but still lacks flexibility which you usually get through Addons/Extensions.

    The TPL lists aren't enough to stop the crappy things on Internet, I can't easily navigate without Mouse Gestures and I want an inline tranlslator. I can find all these on Firefox, but nothing on IE 10.

    The 'real world' speed is almost the same on all browsers, currently. If you have a decent machine, you won't feel noticeable difference. Unfortunately, I can't make the jump to IE10.

    Anyway... I vote Firefox because I consider Ad Block Plus being built-in and in combination with the lists I have, it becomes slightly faster than any other. Especially on 'heavy' websites. Fx still offers the most reliable blocking method.
     
  18. Sugadevan

    Sugadevan MDL Junior Member

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    IE10 is soo good:D
     
  19. jpapertowels

    jpapertowels MDL Novice

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    I believe the Chrome port of ABP has all the features of the Firefox version now while supporting the same lists. I can't seem to find the Element Hiding Helper though, which is useful for blocking parts of pages especially to make java/flash games full screen.