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IE 10 is Most Energy Efficient Web Browser for Windows 8

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June 8, 2013 9:33:10 AM

That's some serious spin to cover what are no doubt incredible performance deficits.

". . . the more efficiently a browser uses power, the longer a user can enjoy the Web on a PC, the lower the electricity costs and the smaller the environmental impact."

What? My PC operates on batteries? 10,000 homes if 300 million people would just use this one browser. Lol. Pathetic marketing.
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June 8, 2013 9:56:52 AM

18% less energy... 18% more problems, 18% more annoying, 18% less fun...
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June 8, 2013 10:04:52 AM

Yes, and the amount of rage after switching to IE 10 would contain the power of a thousand suns.
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June 8, 2013 10:18:08 AM

I call B.S.
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June 8, 2013 10:30:15 AM

Turns out that not going fast is very efficient, who'd've thunk it?
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June 8, 2013 10:31:42 AM

I wonder how much energy could be saved from switching from Windows to Linux?
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June 8, 2013 10:34:31 AM

Wow I thought MS couldnt make IE any worse until I saw the windows 8 implementation. As a developer IE has always been a pain in the ass but now with Windows 8 its even worse because now there are two different versions of IE. Desktop and Metro and they behave differently. Developers need to come together and stop supporting IE all together. Throw up a message to the user telling them to get a real browser.
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June 8, 2013 10:47:52 AM

So after all the cpu cycles used because of the malware the browser automatically lets surely make up for the efficiency gain. And not only that the energy burned from the screen waiting for the browser to respond
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June 8, 2013 11:10:31 AM

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at the request of Microsoft we set the JavaScript timer frequency to “conserve power” in the Windows power options. We found, however, that the default Javascript time frequency for all computers tested was set to“maximum performance.” We did not investigate the impact of this setting upon browser power draw.

Sorry I saw this line in the actual paper, so this means the entire paper is bunk. On top of that the tests were done manually. Deliberately adjusting your setup to reduce power draw while leaving others at default is total BS.

Another lame attempt by MS to manipulate PR rather than fix their software.
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June 8, 2013 11:13:39 AM

I wonder if Microsoft wanted to make experiment and declare IE to be power efficient. How many people would be gullible enough to believe this! Did they also forget to mention how much businesses spend to make their website systems work with IE? How much actual energy is required to adjust javascript to make websites work for IE? Far more than 18% overhead of making project alone!
From web developer perspective, IE is nightmare. Compared to Chrome in development tools it is like old mechanical musical box compared to modern mobile phones. I would definitely choose Chrome or Firefox, or even Safari compared to IE.
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June 8, 2013 11:19:45 AM

Well, not that damned surprising considering that Microsoft has the ability to 'tweak' IE10 for Windows.
Personally, I will still stick with Firefox, Opera, and Chrome for most of my browsing, using IE10 only as a fall-back browser.
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June 8, 2013 11:53:47 AM

LOL, all this saved energy is being wasted by that cough, cough wonderful new "feature" in 8.1, the PICTURE FRAME!
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June 8, 2013 1:38:07 PM

Anyone heard of Gonzo Pinto the most energy efficient explorer during the age of exploration? He didn't get very far... and yes I made him up :) 
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June 8, 2013 2:15:48 PM

Sad part his chrome is up to version 26 firefox is up to version 21 and yet internet explorer is way behind at version 10. at this rate by 2024 internet explorer may reach version 20. lol
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June 8, 2013 2:21:33 PM

SteelCity1981 said:
Sad part his chrome is up to version 26 firefox is up to version 21 and yet internet explorer is way behind at version 10. at this rate by 2024 internet explorer may reach version 20. lol


They are both using rapid version numbers now. But it is true that IE updates very infrequently.
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June 8, 2013 3:10:28 PM

"Apparently, if every Chrome and Firefox user in the United States switched to Internet Explorer 10, the amount of saved energy could power over ten thousands American households."
And propel IE10 past those two browsers in usage.
Obviously just MS propaganda.
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June 8, 2013 3:11:39 PM

IE 10 has never consumed so much as a milliwatt of power on my PC.
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June 8, 2013 3:48:48 PM

IE has only one use: to download a different browser.
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June 8, 2013 5:19:35 PM

Microsoft's "Reputation Managers" are hard at work. Nicely played Microsoft...
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June 8, 2013 5:24:22 PM

Despite that most people don't like internet explorer, I have to admit that it's much faster and more responsive to touch than any other web browser I've tried on my Windows 8 tablet and because of this has become the main browser I use on it.
I do still use chrome on my desktop though.
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June 8, 2013 5:51:44 PM

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FF has been garbage since v4. IE10 loads pages 2-3x faster on my computer. FF still crashes with Flash...pathetic.

Okay...It is true that some versions of firefox introduced regressions, but accidentally and deliberately.
But I find that firefox is significantly faster then IE and I haven't had a crash in over two months.
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June 8, 2013 5:51:59 PM

<Double post>
Please fix these bugs Toms!
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June 8, 2013 6:40:51 PM

are the performance the same? oh, i forgot, i don't use windows 8
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June 8, 2013 6:59:40 PM

otacon72 said:
FF has been garbage since v4. IE10 loads pages 2-3x faster on my computer. FF still crashes with Flash...pathetic.


You kidding? I've never had Flash crash in either Firefox or the Nightly version I use as my 'main' Firefox browser for nearly 3 years now.

If you have Firefox crash with Flash, you either need to update Flash to the latest version or empty your cache (some cookies can cause Flash issues).
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June 8, 2013 7:45:30 PM

Looks like the Microsoft paid trolls are out iin force, I see a lot of " - " ratings!
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June 9, 2013 2:39:50 AM

I wonder how much more efficient is minesweeper compared with Crysis.
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June 9, 2013 2:42:49 AM

I wonder how much more efficient is minesweeper compared with Crysis.
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June 9, 2013 3:24:16 AM

What an epically useless metric :) 
I'm sure I'll find it comforting when the rest of my system draws close to 400W under load.
Before you slam me for not considering mobile devices: good for them but I think Firefox with Ad blocker would drastically change this picture.
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June 9, 2013 9:32:37 AM

Yes. But they forget to mention that Windows itself is waste of energy.
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June 9, 2013 9:38:34 AM

Yes. But they forget to mention that Windows itself is waste of energy.
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June 9, 2013 10:33:56 PM

Opera is conspicuously missing from this comparison. I think its great that IE10 uses less power since one of the main complaints about earlier Windows phones and tablets is that they used too much power because of the heavyweight Windows applications which resulted in shorter operating time between recharges. However, on my desktop (I don't own either a cellphone or tablet) the power consumption of the web browser is almost completely irrelevant. I know Chrome can do some things like prefetching to improve performance when you browse and that is certain to use more power, but also may help you browse faster.
I personally don't use IE because in version 8 or 9 they did something with the search functionality (Ctrl-F) that made it work very slow on large pages. It was completely unacceptable so I had to find a new browser to use. I haven't used IE10 so I don't know if that has improved. Windows 8 has given me a very negative view of Microsoft and made me suspicious about their concern for me and their intentions to control my desktop so I have been using as few Microsoft applications as possible since I upgraded to it from Windows XP. It seems like Microsoft is headed in a direction opposed to where I would like to go so if I end up having to change to another operating system, it will be easiest if I am accustomed to using cross platform alternatives and not locked-in to Microsoft applications which are probably not available on other operating systems.
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June 9, 2013 10:39:18 PM

This is as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
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June 10, 2013 5:40:43 AM

Windows 8 and Vista both share the lower end of usage - they're spending all this money trying to sell this shit, meanwhile dropping support for one of their top products.
I don't use XP but I find this to be pretty retarded.
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June 10, 2013 5:40:46 AM

Windows 8 and Vista both share the lower end of usage - they're spending all this money trying to sell this shit, meanwhile dropping support for one of their top products.
I don't use XP but I find this to be pretty retarded.
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June 10, 2013 5:51:55 AM

IE 10 uses ZERO electricity in my home!
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June 10, 2013 10:10:15 AM

Anything to try to bolster support for IE 10. IE 10 is such an EFF Up, I had to revert my system back to IE 9. All the changes in IE 10 caused my Group Policy Editor to nuke all GPOs that dealt with IE settings. I tell ya, THAT was fun.
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June 10, 2013 10:14:18 AM

Rhinofart said:
Anything to try to bolster support for IE 10. IE 10 is such an EFF Up, I had to revert my system back to IE 9. All the changes in IE 10 caused my Group Policy Editor to nuke all GPOs that dealt with IE settings. I tell ya, THAT was fun.


Uhhh ... Why are you using IE?
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June 19, 2013 6:18:39 AM

The problem with this logic is that you have to use the friggin browser! It's a sub par browser that can do one thing well! I'd much rather go for Chrome or Firefox, just to save my sanity, or even something like Torch browser since it offers something different. But IE? Only if I feel like pulling my hair out.
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