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Internet Explorer 9 Aces Power Consumption Test

Firefox places second, Chrome gets third

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When picking a Web browser, “green” individuals and laptop users with limited access to electrical outlets should perhaps give Internet Explorer 9 a try.  New data shows that it can beat the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera when it comes to power consumption.

So no one thinks we’ve overlooked the fact: yes, the data comes from a Microsoft research team.  A post on the IEBlog detailed the testing process at great length, though, making it less than likely that any cheating took place.

Now let’s move on to the team’s conclusions (which they only reached after running through five different scenarios).  IE9 scored best by a significant margin, as the team estimated that a laptop equipped with a standard 56 watt-hour battery would be able to run it for 3 hours and 45 minutes.

Next, Firefox 4 came in a close second, earning an estimate of 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Then there was a big dropoff.  The Microsoft team thinks an identical laptop performing identical tasks and using Chrome 10 would only last 2 hours and 56 minutes.  Meanwhile, a laptop running Safari 5 was allotted a lifespan of 2 hours and 55 minutes, and the team predicted that a laptop running Opera 11 would die after 2 hours and 43 minutes.

That’s worth giving some thought.  Of course, there are plenty of other factors that influence people’s browser choices, but just about anything beats a dead screen, and reviewers have been giving IE9 high marks in lots of ways so far.

Internet Explorer 9 Aces Power Consumption Test


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    Of course, there are plenty of other factors that influence people’s browser choices, but just about anything beats a dead screen, and reviewers have been giving IE9 high marks in lots of ways so far.

    • R Frost

      IE 9 just plainly sucks!!!!
      I’ve never had so many problems with a browser. Not even the previous verions of IE had all the issues IE9 has.
      These are just to name a few of the issues;

      1. Pages won’t load or freeze, laeving you with a clear white page with nothing on it and no “loading” symbols or the like.

      2. The scroll function won’t work most of the time until you refresh the page that just losded.

      3. Buttons on pages won’t or don’t work even after refreshing. (many yahoo pages won’t even work)

      4. Some videos grey out the screen for the video to pop up in the forground. The videos won’t load or it salls the program where you can’t even “x” out of IE9.

      5. Program oten fails and widows 7 will go through the motions of “detecting the problem”, will not find the solution and shut down the program.

      6. If you like to read long websites, your SOL because IE9 will refresh the page every so often where you will loose your place on the page. Or if you are writing an e-mail you will lose everything you typed.

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