Study: IE10 is fast; Chrome most popular browser for Windows

The web browser wars continue with companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple, Mozilla and Opera all trying to convince PC users that they have the best program to surf the Internet. Today, a company called New Relic announced the results of a new study that shows both the popularity and the performance of current browsers, including the recently launched Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8.

In a new infographic, shown below, New Relic says that for Windows PCs, IE10 has the best performance, outpacing IE9 and other web browsers. Back in April, New Relic said that IE9 was the fastest web browser for Windows PCs. New Relic says that it came up with its results with its Real User Monitoring (RUM) feature which monitors 1.4 million web page views a day.

For all laptops and desktops, the Linux version of Chrome 19 is the fastest web browser, with IE10 for Windows 8 coming in eighth place.

In terms of popularity, Google's Chrome web browser is the most popular for Windows PCs, with New Relic claiming that it has 41 percent of the market share; IE has 35 percent, followed by Firefox with 21 percent. Opera is listed with just two percent of the Windows market share and Safari is dead last at one percent.

Source: New Relic | Image via New Relic

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@Android: The stock Browser is just fine.
@ PC: I tend to use Opera: Heavily customizable, speedy, good rendering and best keyboard shortcuts
For chrome: two obstacles:
1- keyboard shortcuts, other customizations
2- google is not such an angle.Don't put all eggs in one basket

medhunter said,
@Android: The stock Browser is just fine.
@ PC: I tend to use Opera: Heavily customizable, speedy, good rendering and best keyboard shortcuts
For chrome: two obstacles:
1- keyboard shortcuts, other customizations
2- google is not such an angle.Don't put all eggs in one basket

don't forget the best speed dial ever

I don't understand how it's possible that Safari could have such an overwhelming majority for mobile browsers.

Surely smartphones hugely outnumber tablets, but in both markets Android hugely outnumbers iStuff. Unless Android is running some version of Safari, surely the most popular Android browser should take the top spot.

Chrome is the new AOL Online of 2012, every app or pluggin installs it. Every pc you go to (I fix pc's for a living) has it installed and it shows in Add/Remove as never been used? Go figure.

Speed=display of a website, beginning after the browser start loading it, OR Speed=display of a website after the user click somewhere? Or in other words, I miss too many points in IE GUI , that make the work in Chrome much easier and faster.

Lastwebpage said,
Speed=display of a website, beginning after the browser start loading it, OR Speed=display of a website after the user click somewhere? Or in other words, I miss too many points in IE GUI , that make the work in Chrome much easier and faster.

Pretty certain we're talking about localhost'd websites...
That's usually how it's done if I'm not mistaken.

So loading times should be pretty much the same, just the rendering and fetching part varies due to the changing variable: the browser.

GS:mac

at this point they are all the same. it is just splitting hairs. I'm more interested in features than 1 more millisecond in a benchmark that is rigged anyways.

Asmodai said,
Sure would be nice to have IE10 on Win7.

Microsoft is currently working on a final IE10 release for Win7, which may be released either by the end of 2012 or by early 2013.

All browsers are crap. Chrome is fast sure, but the UI is not customizable and extensions don't have the same access they do in Firefox. (Not to mention it decides it needs to run googleupdate at startup, schedule it to run, and install a firefox extension and is often bundled as crapware) Firefox can be a bit chunky (although has improved much, just try nightly) but allows me to customize my UI exactly how I want it. Every once in a while I attempt to use chrome, but I can't get the same experience I do with firefox. IE9/10 is fast and has dramatically improved their css/html support (they do still some features of chrome/firefox but they are usually experimental features) which will eventually save web developers from suicide. IE suffers from the same problems as Chrome, just not customizable (although I do believe chrome is more customizable). IE's past has been riddled with security holes which makes me cautious to use it.

Also when is Apple going to be forced to have a browser ballot screen? Safari is at 61% compared to IE's measly 35%

Also the Windows logo is backwards

THolman said,

That's not even the Windows logo


Are we looking at different infographics?
It sure is the Windows logo.
Not the "most current", but yeah...

GS:mac

I like Chrome so far. I would just use IE, but there are things in Chrome that I just love like built-in bookmark syncing, addon management without having to restart, credential sync, open tabs synced across computer browser sessions.

I guess this goes for a few of Microsoft's products. I'd like to just use their solution, but it usually pales in comparison to others. Movie maker outputs poor quality compared to Handbrake, Media player doesn't come with enough codec support out of the box, paint is okay, but could be a little more featured. Remote desktop is okay, but TeamViewer is often easier to get set up and running for users over the phone esp for followup connections, etc.

BlackBerry uses WebKit, I can't see how it's so much faster than every other smartphone. Their test has a flaw somewhere...

I've been using IE10 more often lately, because it's actually really fast. Sticking to Chrome though, as it syncs all my bookmarks/history/apps across various devices.

drazgoosh said,
I've been using IE10 more often lately, because it's actually really fast. Sticking to Chrome though, as it syncs all my bookmarks/history/apps across various devices.

In Windows 8, if you validate the PC you're on (authorize it), it will keep your bookmarks in sync across devices too..

drazgoosh said,
I've been using IE10 more often lately, because it's actually really fast. Sticking to Chrome though, as it syncs all my bookmarks/history/apps across various devices.

Im doing same. Ie10 is a pleasure to use in win8.

spudtrooper said,

In Windows 8, if you validate the PC you're on (authorize it), it will keep your bookmarks in sync across devices too..

Only with other Windows 8 devices though, right? No syncing with Windows 7 since they killed Live Mesh.

Lord Method Man said,

Only with other Windows 8 devices though, right? No syncing with Windows 7 since they killed Live Mesh.

You dont need mesh. I have the skydrive app running and if you validate your computer it will sync up between windows 7, win8 and winphone 7 no problems... I do it

Stup0t said,

You dont need mesh. I have the skydrive app running and if you validate your computer it will sync up between windows 7, win8 and winphone 7 no problems... I do it


I have not seen this happening. especially not with WP7.