A Simple Online Speed Test For Your Browser


Once upon a time, a web browser simply displayed textual content, and also had the ability to change the layout of that content via HTML markup codes.

But today's modern browsers understand a lot more than HTML.  They're nothing short of a full software execution and development environment, thanks to technology such as JavaScript.  This is a scripting language that allows a web page to transform itself from a page of static text into a full in-browser app.

Makers of web browsers like to boast that their JavasScript interpeter is fast than that of the competition, and faster than the previous version.  But are they telling the truth?  Is there an easy way to find out?

Sun Spider is a simple JavaScript benchmark tool.  It's basically a collection of JavaScript programs, packaged into a single web page that runs the programs and tells you how long the whole process took.  All you need to do is head to http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider/sunspider.html, click the link to start the test, then look at the total time taken which is shown on the top line of the results.  The whole process takes less than 30 seconds.

So now, if you really want to know which of the 3 browsers on your PC is the fastest, or whether the latest version of IE really is faster than the previous one, you can find out.

And for what it's worth, running the test on my PC, Internet Explorer is actually around 10% quicker than Chrome.  




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