IE9 says Yahoo Axis slows down browser by .07 seconds

The newly launched browser plug-in from Yahoo, called Yahoo Axis, was first released to the public late on Wednesday night to the surprise of many people. Now there's word that Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 browser is already warning users that installing the Yahoo Axis plug-in will slow down the web browser's start up time.

Computerworld reports that, according to a message generated by the IE9 Add-on Performance Adviser, installing and using Yahoo Axis will slow down the launching of IE9 by 0.07 seconds. The Add-on Performance Adviser has been a feature in IE9 since its launch in March 2011.

Yahoo launched the Axis add-on, which is supposed to help with Internet searches, for IE9 as well as Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox web browsers on the Windows and Mac platforms. A separate app was released for iOS devices.

The add-on has already had a run-in with Chrome. The first version for Google's browser had an exploit bug that that allowed anyone to digitally sign extensions in Yahoo's name. Yahoo has since released a new version of Axis for Chrome that fixes this exploit.

Source: Computerworld.com | Image via Computerworld.com

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Hmm, if IE didn't provide this information, then people that install multiple add-ons will complain about how slow IE takes to startup compared to other browsers on their system (that they don't use). All these delays by multiple add-ons add up to a negative user experience. They are just trying to protect their image this time around....

That is .07 seconds on HIS computer. Unless he states his specs on the machine and what he was running at the time that IE estimated the time delay, this post is 100% useless.

Are people so impatient these days? I always think it's funny when there are browser wars. Particularly for those who says "x" browser loaders faster. By what? 1 second? Whoop-de-doo.

jasonon said,
is it .07 per page load? or just the initial startup

Per page (as it says on top of the dialog), that's why it actually matters.

EVERY plugin will slow down startup time, period, and 0.07s isn't anything, especially when you consider that this plugin is BRAND NEW, and hasn't been optimized yet.

IE9 blames all plugins for slowing it down... duh... any extra software that loads in addition to the browser will slow it. If it is useful big freaking deal... now I have no idea what Yahoo is doing with Axis... I have no intent of using it either... jaded much... yes...

So really what they should have said is the time taken is less than the time it takes to inhale and exhale or blink 3 times so really no big deal

Little rigor here. When IE9 warn user, the indication bar is red and not gray like in the screenshot. Also, it warn when a plugin take more than .20 sec, as indicated in the screenshot, and axis take 0.07. AFAIK, IE9 don't warn about Axis.

Philippe Pomerleau said,
Little rigor here. When IE9 warn user, the indication bar is red and not gray like in the screenshot. Also, it warn when a plugin take more than .20 sec, as indicated in the screenshot, and axis take 0.07. AFAIK, IE9 don't warn about Axis.

it depends on what you set your settings to (and how many add-ons you already have installed) - it alerted me I think it only shows the red bar when one of them is over .2, but it shows the bar at the bottom alerting you if altogether they're over .2 (or whatever your setting is)

Did this... really... just make front page news?

I'm baffled and sorry that I write this here, usually I'm annoyed by people who yadda about "this is not news/this is old news/this is lame! DON'T REPORT IT" etc...

But honestly... REALLY?
Please, I'm doubting myself here, there should be something I'm missing, no?
I'm serious, point it out to me.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
Did this... really... just make front page news?

I'm baffled and sorry that I write this here, usually I'm annoyed by people who yadda about "this is not news/this is old news/this is lame! DON'T REPORT IT" etc...

But honestly... REALLY?
Please, I'm doubting myself here, there should be something I'm missing, no?
I'm serious, point it out to me.

GS:mac

slow news day probably

Glassed Silver said,
Did this... really... just make front page news?

I'm baffled and sorry that I write this here, usually I'm annoyed by people who yadda about "this is not news/this is old news/this is lame! DON'T REPORT IT" etc...

But honestly... REALLY?
Please, I'm doubting myself here, there should be something I'm missing, no?
I'm serious, point it out to me.

GS:mac

I agree with you this is a rather pointless article.

I wonder if this is good enough to consider it a new post, but oh well....

IMO, if you want to have the fastest Browser experience, just run IE without add-ons enabled.

Jose_49 said,
I wonder if this is good enough to consider it a new post, but oh well....

IMO, if you want to have the fastest Browser experience, just run IE without add-ons enabled.


or just use a pinned a site as your default; one (of the few) things that Axis actually helped me with is discovering that pinned IE sites disable most add-ons ;D

Surely that's relative to the overall computer performance.. how does that compare to a high performance machine, compared to a low,mid,high-end laptop, netbook, ultrabook, etc?

It's like saying 'It take donkey 2 days to travel to town - it good donkey' - but how far apart are the flippin' towns?

jefflang09 said,
0.07 seconds huh? Is that really a big deal?

Depends a lot on hardware 0.07 on some hardware may be 1.0 on other.

To be fair, most of the Windows Live-related addons are flagged by the Performance Adviser (Messenger Companion, Sign-in helper, and maybe the Bing Bar?). Don't see how Axis causing a 70 ms slowdown is much to freak out about.