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Which Web Browser Is Best Under Windows 8?

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    Which Web Browser Is Best Under Windows 8?


    Welcome to our first-ever Web Browser Grand Prix on Windows 8! Will Chrome remain the reigning Windows champion? Is Internet Explorer 10 going to smash the competition like its predecessor? Does Opera 12.10 finally deliver on what version 12 promised?
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    I'm usually a Chrome fan, it always seems to load faster than IE. But I've found that IE10 loads faster on start up, for me. Now with that said, I thought IE loaded faster when Win 7 first came out then Chrome seemed to catch up and fly by IE.

    So for now, I'll probably use IE as my primary browser for Win 8 and continue to check Chrome as new updates come out. And of course this is all subjective on my experiences only. No testing was performed, just observations.

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    I use Firefox nightly 64bit a lot faster then ie10
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    win8 - win7


    opera 64bit works great
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    It's a personal preference. The tests are not from real life experiences. I believe differences between browsers are negligible in most situations. So It becomes a personal favor. I personally use chrome.
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    Whichever one works best for you is the best one. Just because I use Chrome or like it for 1 reason or another doesn't make it better for everyone. I like the Chrome sync feature so that my bookmarks are shared across all of my devices. That 1 thing makes Chrome the "no-brainer" for me.
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    I'm slowly moving away from Chrome. I love the speed. but authentication is much more reliable in Firefox and IE. And Chrome has zero touch support which is a PITA me me. On my regular desktop with no touchscreen, I still mostly use Chrome. Firefox has decent touch support but it's laggy. IE10 is slowly growing on me. It's my #1 browser for my touchscreens but a distant third for non-touchscreens.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    Welcome to our first-ever Web Browser Grand Prix on Windows 8! Will Chrome remain the reigning Windows champion? Is Internet Explorer 10 going to smash the competition like its predecessor? Does Opera 12.10 finally deliver on what version 12 promised?
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    A Guy
    I don't stay in Metro that much so I'm sticking with Chrome.

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    I used to be a firefox user, as well as a safari user, but IE 9 changed that. Knowing that chrome is from google and google kind of has a record of user privacy concerns, I avoid using it. That, along with poor malware blocking. There is even some studies that back this. I've personally have had to deal with malware that was deeply embedded into Windows 7 on some laptops that had either expired anti-virus, shoddy anti-virus, or no anti-virus. Normally, this would go to say that one should use anti-virus software especially online. But I've also seen this on some systems with IE 9 on them. Those systems didn't have deep malware that literally prevents anything from being done. The constant I've seen with those deeply affected system is the use of google chrome as the default browser. Shoot, this reminded me of a laptop that I've had to work on like three times, reinstall Windows 7 one time on it, and kept getting malware attacks. I recently read a study saying google chrome does a poor job of blocking malware, and the anti-virus being used was AVG Internet Security 2012, all up to date. Still kept getting malware, and I realized chrome was the default browser. I uninstalled it after cleaning up the STDs and idiot-proofed it. So far, I haven't had a call to service said laptop.

    Now, I read the breakdown of IE 10's performance, I have to say, ehh meh. It's third, but not dramatically, just three points behind firefox. I'll sacrifice two-three seconds of load time versus not dealing with STDs all the time.

    By the way, they used the Desktop IE 10 version, and didn't use the metro IE. Obviously the test needs to have its constants, but I've read about metro IE 10 being better and faster, as it doesn't have add-ons to load and it also uses a new media framework. So if you're watching a YouTube video or some other online video, metro IE adjusts the quality to keep the video going. I'd like to see a breakdown of metro IE 10, that's all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Knowing that chrome is from google and google kind of has a record of user privacy concerns, I avoid using it.
    Fair enough, a valid concern for many.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    That, along with poor malware blocking. There is even some studies that back this.
    I would like to see these studies. My experience in using and supporting computers does not confirm this statement. In fact, I've experienced far more problems with IE (6,7 and 8 for sure), with respect to malware.
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