Browse Faster, Better
Windows 8 comes with a new version of Internet Explorer 10. This will also be available on Windows 7, but not Vista (which doesn’t have enough people to make it worthwhile writing a new browser for) or Windows XP (which doesn’t have the support for hardware accelerating the entire browser). On Windows 8 you’ll get the benefit of the general performance improvements as well as the improvements in the browser – and the far better standards support.
We used a mix of Web browsing benchmarks measuring different features in IE 10 on Windows 8, compared to IE 9 on Windows 7 (there is a preview version of IE 10 for Windows 7 but it’s an older version than the one in the Consumer Preview, so we haven’t included those results).
Webvizbench and Microsoft’s own IE Fishbowl benchmarks measure the speed of a mix of HTML5 features including video playback, sound and animation. Webvizbench records a general score and also shows the average frames per second the browser displays. For the IE Fishbowl test we measured how many fish the browser could display without dropping the display speed below 60fps.