Microsoft's Lawn Mark benchmark tool has a Neowin surprise

Microsoft has been pushing the boundaries with its Internet Explorer browser to show that the web can be a seriously immersive environment. With the announcement of IE11, a new benchmark tool was released on the IE TestDrive site and it has a little bit of a Neowin twist.

The tools is designed to test HTML5 performance in real-world scenarios according to Microsoft, and the results speak for themselves. As a nice little surprise, the IE team built a custom Neowin test that you can view at the source link below. 

The video posted at the top of this post shows how the test works and what are the intended results. To no surprise, IE does exceptionally well and Google's Chrome takes a very long time to complete the test.

Microsoft loves to say that IE is to the top browser in real world testing as opposed to synthetic benchmarking, which is what this test was designed to show. IE11 will be shipping with Windows 8.1, and you can test it out now with the 8.1 preview or wait for the final release that will arrive later this year.

Source: IE Blog | View: Benchmark Test

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is something supposed to happen when you actually go to the site?

nm, finally popped up. FF is really slow, IE10 is really fast. yay.

Edited by Jason S., Jun 27 2013, 2:41pm :

It is nice to see IE11 doing well; about the test, what does it test exactly? did they find some slow API in Chrome and they wrote a test to expose it? or is it a legitimate test?

I really hate when companies make there only benchmark tool to show how much better than the competitors which is design around their problems.

ACTIONpack said,
I really hate when companies make there only benchmark tool to show how much better than the competitors which is design around their problems.

The lack of high performance HTML5 acceleration is more than just a 'problem' with the other browsers. It is a design flaw in the older document based rendering model that holds back Chrome and Firefox.

In a world that is moving to HTML5 Apps and actual HTML5 coded Apps running on phones and computers, being able to rendering the HTML5 content as fast as native/platform level code is becoming more and more necessary and important.

When a WP8 can process graphical HTML5 sites faster than Chrome or Firefox on a high end i7 based PC is a more than just a problem, it is a fundamental flaw in how the browsers are handling and rendering content.

It can match up with some real-world sites, too - PCH.com is particularly hard on browsers. I haven't thrown IE 11 at Facebook yet, though.