Can Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) Compete With Mozilla Firefox?

3924-technology-software-download-internet-explorer-9 While we were discussing Will HTML5 + CSS + JavaScript Really Be Flash And Silverlight Killer, Microsoft launches new version of internet explorer 9 after testing of Beta 8(11/23/09 – the IE9 demo from PDC available), Internet explorer 9 is now available online for free download from microsoft.com. IE9 has many advantages features and high speed, Microsoft attempt to combat firefox. Can IE9 do? Let’s see following details first.

About Standards and Performance


“The primary focus for our team is providing rich capabilities, the kind that developers really want and use in an interoperable way,”

said John Hrvatin, program manager for the IE team.

While Mozilla and Google were running to benchmarks, Internet Explorer 8 lost the race on performance, simply because it failed to play the same game as its rivals.

“So there’s performance, and we’re going to talk about the progress that we made. Everybody cares about performance, everybody benefits from performance improvements. And performance is a super complex problem. I mean, there are so many subsystems in the browser,”

Hachamovitch said.

Hardware Acceleration


“The power of modern hardware with Windows and all the energy that goes into the ecosystem to make PCs great, and how all of that can make the PC better. All the improvement around modern PCs and Windows shows up in the browser available for web developers. Developers who write the web can get all the goodness of DirectX [DirectX 11], all the goodness of the GPU, and all this amazing acceleration using the patterns that they already have and that they already use,”

Hachamovitch said.

Performance Progress


Browser performance involves many different sub-systems like Pendering, Layout, BlockBuild, Formatting, Native OM, Colletions, CSS parsing, HTML parsing, Javascript etc within the browser. The chart below shows how much time different sites spends in different subsystems of IE.

Performance Progress IE

JavaScript Performance


The chart below shows the relative performance of different browsers on the same machine running the SunSpider test.

the relative performance of different browsers on the same machine

Market share history overview by year and version


Approximate usage over time based on various usage share counters averaged for the year overall, or for the fourth quarter, or for the last month in the year depending on availability of reference.

  Total  IE8  IE7  IE6  IE5  IE4  IE3  IE2  IE1 
2009 sm=n 66.92% sm=n 10.4% sm=n 26.1% sm=n 27.4% sm=n 0.08% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2008 sm=n 72.65% sm=n 0.34% sm=n 46.06% sm=n 26.2% sm=n 0.15% sm=n 0.01% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2007 sm=n 78.6% sm=n - sm=n 45.5% sm=n 32.64% sm=n 0.45% sm=n 0.01% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2006 sm=n 83.3% sm=n - sm=n 3.49% sm=n 78.08% sm=n 1.42% sm=n 0.02% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2005 sm=n 87.12% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 82.71% sm=n 4.35% sm=n 0.06% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2004 sm=n 91.27% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 83.39% sm=n 7.77% sm=n 0.1% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2003 sm=n 94.43% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 59% sm=n 34% sm=n 1% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2002 sm=n 93.94% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 50% sm=n 41% sm=n 1% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2001 sm=n 90.83% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 19% sm=n 68% sm=n 5% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
2000 sm=n 83.95% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 71% sm=n 13% sm=n 0% sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
1999 sm=n 75.31% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n 41% sm=n 36% sm=n 1%[83] sm=n 0% sm=n 0%
1998 sm=n 45% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ?
1997 sm=n 39.4% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ?
1996 sm=n 20% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ? sm=n  ?
1995 sm=n 2.9% sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n - sm=n  ? sm=n  ?

During 2002 and 2003, IE having attained a peak of about 95% of the browser market. But due to the adoption of Mozilla Firefox, its market share has since declined. Internet Explorer remains the dominant web browser, with a global usage share of around 60%. Usage is higher in Asia and lower in Europe.

Anyway, IE9 focus on standards and speed, stop to frustrate standards,and turn back to the STANDARD. At the last, let’s back to the title, do you think Internet Explorer 9 (IE 9) can compete with Mozilla Firefox?  :)

See Also


1, Internet Explorer 9: A Fresh Start, With HTML5

2, Why Microsoft’s IE 9 will frustrate standards fans

3, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Early Preview Demo

4, Firefox 3.7 vs. Internet Explorer (IE9 ) – Windows 7 DirectX 11 Hardware Acceleration

5, Microsoft Announces IE9: Focus on Standards and Speed

6, Microsoft unveils IE9 public preview

7, An Early Look At IE9 for Developers

8, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Explorer

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