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Microsoft Declares IE8 Fastest Browser, World Laughs

Microsoft Declares IE8 Fastest, World Laughs
Oh Microsoft, sometimes you're so unintentionally hilarious that we just can't handle it. Apparently the folks in Redmond are tired of watching Internet Explorer (IE) get beat up in the press and decided to release their own report showing that IE8 is the fastest Web browser out there, despite all other benchmarks putting it firmly behind every modern browser except IE7.

In the words of Lee Mathews at Download Squad, "IE8 is a dog... A very slow, old dog." In our own completely unscientific testing -- that we then exaggerated for the sake of being jerks -- we were able to draw Web sites by hand faster than IE8 could load any complex pages. Sure IE8 blazed through the Google search page, but we've been able to choke it pretty easily by opening MLB.com.

You can read the entire report here if you're in need of a good laugh. If you're looking for a speedy browser though check out the Safari 4 Beta, Google Chrome, or our recommendation Firefox 3.1 Beta. [From: Download Squad]

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Tags: browser, browsers, ie, ie8, internet explorer, internet explorer 8, InternetExplorer, InternetExplorer8, microsoft, web browser, WebBrowser

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