IE8 looks bloated compared to IE7 and Firefox

By Justin Mann on September 2, 2008, 11:01 AM
Now that the IE8 Beta has been available for perusal and use for a while, people are starting to get a feel for how the browser functions. Several reviews have come out on the new software, and unfortunately for Microsoft they aren't looking that great. While I haven't seen anybody complain about the functionality of the browser, many are concerned about how resource-intensive it is.

The claims include that IE8 has a memory footprint approaching 400MB, across six processes and 200 threads. The end result is that the browser is more taxing on the system than IE7 and Firefox. It also apparently consumes more system resources than Office 2007 programs.

The browser is still in beta, so there is still a long road for Microsoft to travel down and make changes. Hopefully they’ll examine just how heavy the browser is. Whether or not modern desktops come out of the box with 2GB, 4GB or even more, people want their browser to be lightweight and simple. At least, that's what Google thinks, with the recent announcement and introduction of the Chrome web browser.

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DarkCobra said:
I'm currently trying IE8 on one machine and you are correct that functionality wise it is running just fine. I haven't noticed much of a hit in terms of resources above IE7 but then again I don't normally have lots of tabs running. One advantage that IE8 has over IE7 is the ability to limit a crash in one tab just to THAT tab. In IE7 the whole browser would have to be restarted. There are other improved features in IE8 and I find them to be a very welcomed. Mozilla is still the one to beat IMHO. Now tomorrow (Wednesday) will really add something interesting to the mix when Google launches their new open sourced (beta) CHROME browser. I'm looking forward to trying that as well. Improvements in ALL browsers are possible and very much welcomed.
phantasm66 said:
I don't like the look of this one.Its Chrome all the way for me now I think.Still, I should say "never say never".
Darth Shiv said:
[b]Originally posted by DarkCobra:[/b][quote]One advantage that IE8 has over IE7 is the ability to limit a crash in one tab just to THAT tab. In IE7 the whole browser would have to be restarted.[/quote]Now if only Firefox could do that. That would be awesome!
windmill007 said:
Microsoft when will you learn. Bloat Kills. First Vista and now this. We want lean software that we can add to. If it comes out of the gate with everything its usually slow and bloated. Most people won't use half of the bloated options. Just make them as add on-ons like Firefox. I wish I could design software. i would make the core software as lean and fast as it possible could be. Then everything else would be an add-on or not attached to the main program as not to slow it down any. Lets see what has gotten bloated many more. I recommend staying away from these programs unless you don't care for performance. Or at least use the older versions which are faster.
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