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On the Web at Warp Speed

Sep 11, 2009, 23:19 (0 Talkback[s])
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"NEWS that Sony would be installing Google's Chrome browser on its sleek, if pricey, Vaio laptops instead of the ubiquitous Internet Explorer from Microsoft has prompted your correspondent to re-examine the internet-search company's foray into the world of web browsers and operating systems. The announcement came just as he began to notice how the latest version of Mozilla's highly regarded Firefox browser was dragging its feet.

"From cold, it was taking anything from 20 to 25 seconds for Firefox 3.5 to load his home page. Even Internet Explorer 8 was five seconds nimbler. Opera 10, the latest version of an old favourite from Norway, was faster still. But Chrome 3 blew everything away, loading the home page in half Firefox's time. Once they had been started from cold and had loaded their innards into memory, all four browsers could be restarted and load the home page in five seconds or so."

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