Microsoft are forever going on about how fast IE 9 is over it’s competitors, and while it has made leaps and bounds compared to it’s predecessors, people still prefer to use alternatives like Chrome and Firefox. So just to demonstrate to you how much better IE is, Microsoft has devised a little test.
They’ve developed a web page called Let It Snow which is a HTML5 driven web app. Of course it’s very appropriate for the current holiday season but apparently it’s also a good benchmark tool for testing out how fast your preferred web browser is.
The web app has been developed with all sorts of modern web technologies in mind such as SVG, CSS, HTML5 and hardware acceleration. The whole point of it is to see how many snow flakes your browser can handle at a time. It shows the number of snowflakes and also your FPS. You’re also testing your browser to see if you can wipe away to snow to see a festive message.
Of course, with Google Chrome being my preferred browser I tried it out in that right away feeling pretty confident it would do a good job. But alas it struggled with one of the lowest settings – at 100 snowflakes I was seeing 5 FPS and as I attempted to wipe the billboard it kept staggering.
Next up I tried IE 9, and surprise surprise, on all the low levels I was getting 60 FPS and flawless performance! So then I upped it to the max setting, 4000 snowflakes. And as you can see from the screen shot above, it managed it pretty well and I was getting 22 FPS and I was able to wipe the billboard without any problems.
It’s a bit suspicious if you ask me, somehow I get the feeling this web app was made just with IE in mind…that’s only a wild guess now..
Why don’t you guys try it out and let me know how you get on, the links below