Will Internet Explorer 8 Be Known As The Daughter Of Vista?

Yesterday Microsoft introduced their latest browser version #8 of their Internet Explorer software. I was happy to download a copy of the new browser and take it for a test ride. My hope was that it would be lighter on the resources of my system, which just happens to be using Vista Home Premium. Now before I begin, let me say this. I like Vista and overall it works fine on my laptop and does what I need it to do.

With that said, I downloaded IE 8 and installed it last night. The install went just fine and after setup I ran the browser with no additional plug ins and used the browser the same way I use Firefox. I opened 5 tabs for the sites I use daily which include by blog site. My hope was that IE8 would use less RAM than Firefox, which on my personal system sucks RAM like a kid sucking on a straw with nothing left at the bottom of the glass.

I have replaced task manager with Process Explorer which provides an in depth breakdown on how resources are being used. After firing up IE8 with just 5 tabs open my system was using over 160 MB of RAM just to support the new browser. To be fair, Firefox and Chrome also suck up this much RAM or more using the same 5 tabs.

So what has Microsoft done? They have chanced after the same features that everyone else has [more tabs] and have sacrificed performance for features. Sound familiar? Isn’t that is what they did with Vista?

What has your experience been with IE8? Let us know.

Comments welcome.

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  • Gary Shell

    IE8 use more memory because each tab is it’s own independent process. If one tab hangs the others continue to run just fine.

    I’ll take the extra memory hit for that sort of functionality ANY day.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Gary,
    I just wrote this piece about Chrome. Tabs plus the hackers couldn’t attack it. Best of both worlds.


  • http://www.dltube.net/download42798.html Internet Explorer 8

    Last time i used Chrome, i found it to be rather slow but overall i liked it. And yes, Gary is right about the tabs being independent. This feature alone save your keyboard from a few punches :).

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  • Mike Nike

    I think IE 8 is a bloated piece of useless shit that even looks bad and will stay with Firefox. My Firefox runs as smooth as a preachers belly.

  • Don Williams

    I hae been hanging wirh IE7 and it works fine for me, at least up to a point.

    If I open more than about 3 tabs strange things happen.

    Please update me on why Mozilla has become so popular.

    In the olden days I used the paid version of Netscape, I think it was the father of Mozilla.

    Comments appreciated.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello Don,
    The popularity of Mozilla for both Firefox and Google’s Chrome can be best summoned up this way. Microsoft has been playing catch up to the Mozilla browsers. Firefox had tabbed browse for several years. In addition the Mozilla community has stepped forward and there are add-ons that a user can use to customize their systems to their liking.

    I personally have been using Firefox for over 4 years, because at that time it was more secure than I.E. I use several add-ons to block ads, block scripts, check weather, assist in downloading and so forth.

    Than there are those who just dislike anything Microsoft so Firefox is an alternative, like Netscape was before Microsoft killed it. This time around Microsoft is going to have a tougher time killing Firefox or Chrome, which is based off of the Mozilla project.

    I’m using Chrome now to test it against Firefox since Chrome uses a ‘sandbox’ to isolate any bad stuff from jumping onto your system.

    I am sure others will share their experience.

    PS I did a new post on the subject as well.http://wp3.lockergnome.com/blade/2009/03/23/a-reader-wants-to-know-why-people-dont-use-ie/

  • http://1ay.2.pollhost.com/ TioPepe

    I think all such browsers have nice features (since they basically copy one another and then also struggle, though seemingly unenthusiastically, to add a little something no one has seen before).
    Some versions of Firefox take so much memory, it’s truly unbelievable. Five to seven tabs open, and in excess of 400,000K! Going back to a previous version and waiting for a newer one generally solves the problem… Sometimes, too, good things in betas will not be found in the subsequent release.
    As for IE, I somehow have the feeling that, besides anything else, using it has come to be regarded as tasteless.
    Chrome seems to be a poor relative of either of the other browsers.
    I remember also trying Safari for a couple of days once, but was too sick of SteveJ’s shameless attacks at Microsoft to keep looking into it.
    There’s also Opera, but I kind of remember it as sort of dull and boring. No offense anybody, that is just how I felt about it.
    A bit nostalgic about Netscape, which was the first browser I ever used.
    Others out there? I have only one life, I could not try more than the above…

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    I really liked Netscape. Communicator was my favorite.


  • http://1ay.2.pollhost.com/ TioPepe

    Thank you for the link. I have already installed K-Meleon on my machine; I will test it in the days to come.

  • The Off

    This is what ya get when you get comp engs together just like trying to build a building. Vista and Exp8 are Sh** Ya know whats next. I’m Rich and I DO NOT CARE!!!!!!