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IE 10 is Most Energy Efficient Web Browser for Windows 8

By - Source: http://blogs.windows.com/ie/b/ie/archive/2013/06/05/internet-explorer-10-is-the-most-energy-efficient-browser-on-windows-8.aspx | B 39 comments

Microsoft has announced that its Internet Explorer browser has been awarded the title of most energy efficient browser for Windows 8.

Microsoft took to its Exploring IE blog to brag about Internet Explorer and the fact that it's snagged the honor of being named the most energy efficient web browser for Windows 8. Of course, one could argue that it would be a bit embarrassing if a browser other than Microsoft's own won, but why argue? It was World Environment Day, let's not spoil it.

The Center for Sustainable Energy pitted IE 10 against Chrome 26 and Firefox 21, testing all three on desktops and laptops in several difference situations including browsing the USA's most popular websites, Flash video and HTML 5. The Center found that IE uses up to 18 percent less energy than Chrome and Firefox. 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.

"Power consumption is an important, but often overlooked, consideration in building a modern browser," said Roger Capriotti, Director, Internet Explorer Marketing. "It is one of our objectives to lead the industry in power requirements because 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."

Mozilla's Firefox is currently on version 21 while Google Chrome is on version 27.

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    Spooderman , June 8, 2013 10:04 AM
    Yes, and the amount of rage after switching to IE 10 would contain the power of a thousand suns.
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    AMD Radeon , June 8, 2013 9:19 AM
    meh
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    PedanticNo1 , June 8, 2013 9:33 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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    xero141 , June 8, 2013 9:56 AM
    18% less energy... 18% more problems, 18% more annoying, 18% less fun...
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    Spooderman , June 8, 2013 10:04 AM
    Yes, and the amount of rage after switching to IE 10 would contain the power of a thousand suns.
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    smeezekitty , June 8, 2013 10:18 AM
    I call B.S.
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    athulajp , June 8, 2013 10:30 AM
    Turns out that not going fast is very efficient, who'd've thunk it?
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    QEFX , June 8, 2013 10:31 AM
    I wonder how much energy could be saved from switching from Windows to Linux?
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    koga73 , June 8, 2013 10:34 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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    cmartin011 , June 8, 2013 10:47 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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    ddpruitt , June 8, 2013 11:10 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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    yhikum , June 8, 2013 11:13 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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    Christopher1 , June 8, 2013 11:19 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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    macpeteo , June 8, 2013 11:53 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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    kanoobie , June 8, 2013 1:38 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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    SteelCity1981 , June 8, 2013 2:15 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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    smeezekitty , June 8, 2013 2:21 PM
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    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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    Larry Bob , June 8, 2013 3:10 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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    jack1982 , June 8, 2013 3:11 PM
    IE 10 has never consumed so much as a milliwatt of power on my PC.
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    Lamiel , June 8, 2013 3:48 PM
    IE has only one use: to download a different browser.
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    unimatrixzero , June 8, 2013 5:19 PM
    Microsoft's "Reputation Managers" are hard at work. Nicely played Microsoft...
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