I decided I was sick of Internet Explorer last week. I’ve been hearing that Internet Explorer was slow and that Firefox and Google Chrome made Internet browsing much faster. I wanted to see for myself, so I downloaded Google Chrome and started using it.
I have to admit, Chrome does seem considerably faster than Internet Explorer, which was a surprise to me. I did a series of unofficial tests of my own simply to see what the difference in speed was. Here are a few of my tests and results.
(Note: All tests were performed on the same machine without rebooting between tests)
Ran Internet Explorer to home page = 9 Seconds
Ran Google Chrome to home page = 5 Seconds
New Tab Test
Created a new Tab in Internet Explorer = 3 Seconds
Created a new Tab in Google Chrome = 2 Seconds
Opened the following sites in each browser in order. Waited for each page to finish loading before entering the next. Copied and pasted links to avoid time loss due to spelling errors.
Internet Explorer = 41 Seconds
Google Chrome = 31 Seconds
Some of the features Google Chrome has I like. I prefer the Chrome new tab page that shows your past sites you’ve gone to. I like that it seems a little more intuitive regarding what you are going to type into the address bar.
I won’t be moving all district users over to Chrome in the next couple months but it is definitely something to consider. I’m interested to see how Firefox compares. I’ll probably try that some day soon. I’d be more likely to deploy Firefox than Chrome. Not sure why.
Overall I have to say I’m liking Google Chrome and will be using it for a while to see if I truly like it more than Internet Explorer.