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The Browser Wars II
No more than four months ago, Opera released its version 10.50 of Opera desktop browser with a claim of being the fastest web browser on Earth. We, here at ThinkDigit, quickly decided to put that claim to test. The game became interesting with a tug-of-war between Google Chrome and Opera, and it was tough to determine a clear winner. If you've missed that round of The Browser Wars then, click here and enjoy the bloodshed!
Since then, a lot has changed, and the goal posts have been moved. This time the situation is a little different. We are watching Microsoft roaring with Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla reforming the Firefox browser, consecutive sixes from Opera, and a steady pace set by the already blazing Google Chrome - it's really too much of a thrill to miss. Everyone is desperate to change the colour of the web with their own hue, taking byte size chunks off the browser pie.
Hence, while the browser war is steaming once again, we have geared up to determine the King of the web standards, and ability is the prime concern this time, not the speed alone.
The Titans and Olympians of the battleground are as follows:
Browser Build Version Internet Explorer Stable 8.0.7600.16385 Platform Preview 9.0.7874.6000 Safari Stable 5.0.7533.16 Opera Stable 10.60 Beta 10.70 Chrome Stable 5.0.375.99 Dev 6.0.458.1 Firefox Stable 3.6.6 Beta 4.0b1 Nightly 4.0b2pre*** N.B.: While we were testing, version upgrades rolled out for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
But, all of those were bugfix releases for unstable dev and nightly versions,
would have little or no impact on browsers' performances.
Same as before, our test rig is a regular laptop which is a very able one for web surfing, but no better than that. It uses an Intel Core Duo T2300 processor hosted on a compatible 945G chipset mainboard; it has 1x2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM and Intel GMA950 as graphics processor. We used Windows 7 as the operating system for the test rig. We intentionally didn't include a high-end rig, to match the system specification with most of the cyber-dwellers.
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