Internet Explorer 11 Faster Than Other Browsers, Promises Microsoft

Friday, 08 Nov 2013 09:12 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Internet Explorer 11 has arrived and promises to be nine percent faster than its predecessor, IE10, and 30 percent faster than other web browsers, according to Microsoft.

The new browser can be downloaded from Microsoft's site directly or users can wait and allow the tech giant to automatically update their computers over the course of the next few weeks, PC World reported.

"The engineering team has worked to make every subsequent version of IE faster than its predecessor," Roger Capriotti, Microsoft's senior director of marketing for Internet Explorer, told "Everything from tapping into things like hardware acceleration — where the GPU is used to hardware-accelerate the browser — to making the fastest Javascript engine on the market."

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One of the reasons for the improved performance is IE's compliance with web standards in its new browser, including processing HTML5 video without the need for plugins, PC World noted. Additionally, the latest version of IE will pre-fetch content from the first or primary links on web pages, thereby sharply decreasing the transition time if a user decides to click on that link.

Along with its improved speed, IE11also has enhanced security features, according to Microsoft.

Citing statistics from NSS Labs, an information security research and advisory company, reported that a recent study showed IE blocked 92 percent of phishing and malware attacks, compared with Google's Chrome blocking 71 percent, Apple's Safari blocking 37 percent and Firefox blocking 35 percent.

Compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8 – the latest Windows operating system, IE11 also comes with new touch-friendly features, showcasing Microsoft's new unofficial mantra – "touch is the new fast."

One of those new features is the "flip ahead" option that allows users to flip from one webpage to another through a simple drag of the finger across the touch screen, rather than using one's mouse to click to the next page to view more content.

While the user-friendly navigational tool can be used by surfing such websites as Amazon, Best Buy, and Barnes & Noble to name a few, it is not yet enabled on other sites including Costco, Target, and Wal-Mart's sites, PC World reported.

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