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Microsoft: Performance not a top priority for Internet Explorer 8

Posted on Friday, September 12 2008 @ 00:20:57 CEST by

A Microsoft executive told the press that performance benchmarking was not Microsoft's top priority when building the latest version of Internet Explorer 8:
Stephane Kimmerlin, product marketing director, Windows client business group, Asia-Pacific, Microsoft, said during a press demonstration of IE8 beta 2 that the browser's important features were user-interface enhancements, aimed at automating some common actions for users.

Performance benchmarking, such as the speed of loading pages, was a secondary priority in comparison, he said.

"When we designed IE8, we did not start with performance in mind," said Kimmerlin, in response to a question on the speed of IE8's Javascript engine.

Nick Wong, platform strategy advisor, developer and platform evangelism, at Microsoft added: "It is about how discernable the [speed] difference is [between different Javascript engines]... IE8 reloads pages faster and responds quickly."

Competing browser, Chrome, has been touted by Google for its V8 Javascript engine, which the search giant claims is capable of processing Javascript applications much faster than the competition.
More info about IE8 at ZD Net.



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