Microsoft: MSN on Windows 8 loads much faster than competitors

Microsoft launched the Windows 8-exclusive version of its MSN website a few days before the official launch of Windows 8 itself in late October. Microsoft said it created the Windows 8 version to load much faster under Internet Explorer 10 compared to older versions of the site.

But just how much faster is the new MSN on Windows 8 compared to other competing sites such as AOL, Yahoo and others? Today, Microsoft said that it decided to commission an outside independent study on the matter and recruited Principal Technologies to handle the work.

The study's results show that not only does MSN on Windows 8 load more than six times faster on IE10 compared to older versions of the site, but that it loads up to 10 times faster than competing sites. Microsoft says, "Because Internet Explorer 10 was designed to take advantage of the system architecture of Windows 8, rendering complex page layouts and high resolution images is faster and more fluidly."

The study also breaks down how specific MSN hub pages for topics like News, Sports and others load on Windows 8 compared to other sites. For example, the study claims that MSN's news page on Windows 8 loads up 1.91 times faster than CNN.com, 4.03 percent than the Huffington Post and 6.58 times faster than ABCNews' website

What about sports? MSN's sports section for Windows 8 loads 7.46 times faster than The Sporting News, 9.24 times faster than ESPN and 10.02 times faster than Yahoo Sports, according to the study.

Source: MSN blog | Image via Principal Technologies

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To be fair with you, I find IE10 on Windows 8 blazing fast, I am using Internet Explorer for the first time in over 5 - 7 years as my main browser again.

Hey, an article about MSN.com! I bet everyone who lives in their own personal tech bubble will come out and show off how disconnected they are from the average internet user!

Knowing how these big companies work, they probably have their sites stored in Windows like super cache and have previously decided not to update them during the windows 8 lifecycle or the next big update.

"Microsoft said that it decided to commission an outside independent study on the matter"

I'm sure we can all trust their findings to be fair and unbiased! /s

Whenever I load a system, removing MSN as IE's homepage is one of the first things I do. I've always found it a very cumbersome and slow loading website.

I didn't think anyone used msn.com anymore...then I look it up on the very accurate Alexa (/s) and see it's 18th in the world - I'm obviously quite wrong... D:

Rudie32 said,
Are you sure it isn't 18th because it's set to the default homepage on some versions of internet explorer? LOL

I'm sure that account for a lot, but most people I know get their homepage changed by some app they tried to install.

Lachlan said,

not when you log out of outlook..


They've changed it!? YES, FINALLY! I'll have to check that, haven't logged into my hotmail/outlook email in months.

Livin in a box said,
I didn't think anyone used msn.com anymore...then I look it up on the very accurate Alexa (/s) and see it's 18th in the world - I'm obviously quite wrong... D:

If anything that is a sign of how irrelevant IE has become. It used to be #1 back in the heyday of IE because it was the default page in IE and not changed by the majority of users.

So they compared MSN on Windows 8 against other websites loading on Windows 8? Don't know about anyone else, but I do not go to MSN. I would be more interested on what they are doing to the browser to make sites load faster in general. I dont care about one site. I am sure if others retooled their sites, they will be just as quick.

I would hope that a new/recreated versions of websites would run better and smoother than previous versions. I just dont get or see a wow factor here but maybe I am missing something.

techbeck said,
So they compared MSN on Windows 8 against other websites loading on Windows 8? Don't know about anyone else, but I do not go to MSN. I would be more interested on what they are doing to the browser to make sites load faster in general. I dont care about one site. I am sure if others retooled their sites, they will be just as quick.

I would hope that a new/recreated versions of websites would run better and smoother than previous versions. I just dont get or see a wow factor here but maybe I am missing something.


msn.com is basically an example site of what you can do with the newly supported HTML features and GPU acceleration.
It does feel faster then the old msn.com. And i love the fluid motions, when changing window size for example. Small details though. But it feels like the start screen, i like the consistancy.