Internet Explorer: 'Touch is the new fast'

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 browser has made significant strides for the company when it comes touch usability for their platform. Microsoft put a boatload of hard work into creating a browser that worked not only with a keyboard and mouse but also with touchscreens.

In the video posted above, Microsoft goes into detail about how they built IE10 to be optimized for for touch inputs, which will allow users to browse web with only your finger, no matter the webpage.

Microsoft states that to it, touch is the new fast and this makes a lot of sense if you begin to think about how browsers evolved. For a significant length of time, speed was everything for browsers. But at this point, browsers are able to render content so quickly that the differences between the major platforms is negligible because when you account for connection speed and processing power, the margin of error for measuring this speed on an end users computer is overshadowed by the other variables.

IE, though, still loves to tout that it is the fastest browser for surfing the web, and when compared to the tablet offerings from other platforms (think Surface RT vs iPad/Android) it comes out well ahead of those browsers, besting them by up to 64% against Android and 60% against Safari on iOS.

Despite all of the work the IE team has done, they are still working to turn around the brand perception but they have made significant strides in re-connecting with the consumer recently with a clever campaign themed around "the browser you love to hate."

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for touch enabled devices IE10 is simply the best there is, and I don't really understand the big deal with chrome with its extensions, MOST people don't even know what an extension is and don't really give a toss about it.

For Windows 8 desktop IE10 is simply the best browser there is. I have used many browsers over the years and ran many browsers within windows 8 and really nothing compares to IE10.
These stupid benchmarks that people keep showing are actually quite pointless as it is real life usage that matters at the end of the day and in real life usage IE10 beats all with ease.

I've got to admit, IE on Windows Phone is certainly smooth. If that experience can be compared to the Surface and other Windows 8 touch-based devices, they're doing something right.

Maybe faster, but doesnt have the plugins/extensions that Chrome and FF have....and is why I dont use IE much.

IE...add more to the browser and I will consider using you more.

IE has always been fully add-on capable. What they haven't done is integrate a library to index them all.

When it comes down to it, it's not about the add-ons as much as it's about the presentation of the ecosystem. A similar story can be told for the Windows app markets, where simply implementing better app discovery could make their existing app library a hundred times more attractive to users...because they'd actually know stuff is there.

Slickspeed benchmark (i only mention jquery because it is more used framework).

Windows 8 64bits, i7

ie10 = 20 (jquery 1.5.1)
Firefox 21 = 19 (jquery 1.5.1)
chrome 26 = 16 (jquery 1.5.1)

times in ms, less is better.
ps: iexplorer and chrome are running without plugins while firefox is running with several plugins (that could hits the performance).

http://mootools.net/slickspeed/ ? MooTools 1.2, MooTools 1.3.1, JQuery 1.5.1, Prototype 1.7, YUI 2.8.2 Selector, Dojo 1.5?

IE10 19,8,2,1,54,12
FireFox 23.0a1(2013-05-09) 20,6,5,3,142,1
Chromium 28.0.1497.0(197880) 9,8,2,2,134,1

I think things are relative. You get 20,19,16. I get 2,5,2.

You look at YUI column, I get 54,142,134 painting IE10 insanely well. You look at Dojo, 12,1,1 and IE10 looks like a steaming pile.

Not sure this particular benchmark really helps anything except see MooTools 1.3.1 is amazing compared to MooTools 1.2.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
They're seriously comparing a browser on a computer to browsers on phones? Why?
O, now it's a desktop again? Where is everybody complaining about.

He is talking about the Modern UI IE10 on a tablet compared to both Safari and Chrome on a tablet. What's the matter? Sad that the browser everyone hates beats your favorit?

Microsoft still doesn't understood that competition doesn't work on only one platform. Nobody will switch to an Windows 8 Tablet just because of the browser. On tablets and smartphones Microsoft is not leading, far away from that.

And btw. I see nothing on the video what makes the browsing faster than in other browsers.

But MS forget the other way too. There is not any improvement for IE10 Desktop in the GUI, it's nearly the same than in IE9.0. I use most of the time Chrome, because of all this little helpers in chrome (e.g. type en.w + ENTER + tab to search in Wikipedia) chrome is much faster for me. (Not the HTML speed, but I waste a lot of time if I use the IE) But if I not use IE Desktop, I would use IE on a tablet?

You're able to add Wikipedia search to Internet Explorer as well. ( http://www.iegallery.com/en-us/Addons/Details/815 ) and then while you're searching in Internet Explorer's address bar, you're able to click on the little Wikipedia icon to search Wikipedia (or use the arrow keys on the keyboard to get to it (I'm sure there's a faster way) ) In Internet Explorer, Wikipedia also adds little images from its articles and snippets of its text and stuff.

regardless of that, they still work well with touch. and there are websites that use touch gestures.

so yeah, the only downside of IE10 is lack of extensions. Which I don't understand, I mean there is a support for extensions and there was a great one for IE7, but it's development stopped around release of IE8 and nothing like it ever appeared since. Why even Opera had just about every plugin I needed when it first introduced support for them, but IE is still ignored like that?

Windows Nashville said,
The lack of extensions makes IE10 virtually useless, regardless how "fast" they make it.

To be honest, given I can subscribe to fanboys adblock list directly within Internet Explorer without using any extension, it doesn't really bother me. Keeps the whole thing fast and smooth.

Windows Nashville said,
Sicarius,

Please explain how this is done.

Look up TPLs. We've been able to do this for years. Not a lot of people are aware of it because it's hard to hear reality through all the hater noise.