IE11 and Bing team up to pre-render web pages in search results

With the final version of Internet Explorer 11 set to be released alongside Windows 8.1 later this week, Microsoft has announced that IE11 users who search on the Bing site will see a special feature created exclusively for the latest version of that browser.

In a blog post, Microsoft discussed the inclusion of a new pre-render tag in IE11 that will enable the web page at the top of a Bing search result list to be automatically downloaded and rendered in the background. Microsoft says this pre-rendering technology has been designed so as not to waste bandwidth or a device's battery life.

Microsoft says, "Because half of people click on the first result on the search results page, pre-rendering that page is an important addition in our quest to improve the overall task completion time." The blog encourages website owners and designers to enable the IE11 pre-render tag on their sites.

In a chart, Microsoft says that putting in features like AutoComplete and Snapshot in Bing have cut down the typical search process from 30 to 60 seconds to between 20 and 40 seconds. Putting in the pre-rendering tag for IE11 cuts down search time even more, to between 15 and 30 seconds, according to the blog.

Microsoft has already revealed that IE11 has been optimized so that JPG images on websites are loaded an average of 45 percent faster compared to earlier versions of the browser.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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9 Comments

Tartarus said,
...That'll speed up IE.
Umm... IE is already super fast... In fact it's faster than Chrome/Firefox.....you're still stuck in that <IE8 mindset.

Nice way to increase Bing statistics and bloat unnecessarily your PC.

Good thing I never liked Bing or IE for that matter.

I'm not sure, but you can disable it on Internet Explorer, just untick "Enable Flip Ahead". As I said, I'm not sure if this is the correct option.

Bloat unnecessarily*

*small amount of ram usage for the first result of a bing search.

I'm not sure either, but I believe Flip Ahead is the feature that lets you swipe forward without actually having gone back in full screen IE10+. It'll choose the most likely page to "flip ahead" to on your current website.

Raylan Givens said,
Nice way to increase Bing statistics and bloat unnecessarily your PC.

Good thing I never liked Bing or IE for that matter.

Better not say you're a Chrome user, because it does pre-rendering too.

Now that MS is also doing this, it should put IE back on even ground on the monthly browser usage stat sites. I can already see the comments.

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