John Paczkowski

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IE8 "Epically Porcine"

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is significantly faster than IE7. It’s more stable and feature-rich than its predecessor as well. But it’s also something of a resource pig. IE8 Beta 2 consumes 52 percent more memory than IE7 and uses more than double the number of processor threads. In fact, it’s the most resource-intensive version of the Web browser to date, according to Florida-based independent software research firm Devil Mountain Software. “IE8 is epically porcine,” said Devil Mountain CTO Craig Barth. “Microsoft has gone to epic levels of bloat.”

In a 10-site scenario test comparing IE8 with IE7 and FireFox 3.01 running on Windows Vista (SP1), Devil Mountain found that IE8 Beta 2 consumed 380MB of memory to IE7′s 250MB and Firefox 3.0.1′s 159MB. IE8 Beta 2 also used significantly more processor threads than the browsers, generating a hefty 171 threads compared with IE7 and Firefox 3.0.1, which generated 65 and 29, respectively.

That’s a dramatic difference, although to be fair, Microsoft (MSFT) has designated IE8 Beta 2 as “Beta” for a reason, and comparing it with release-quality software isn’t exactly fair. That said, Firefox 3 beta consumed nowhere near the amount of memory IE8 Beta 2 seems to require.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik