Building Windows 8: Internet Explorer Performance Lab


Microsoft continue their posts on the technical details of Windows 8 and todays post is all about Internet Explorer 10 and their performance lab. Hopefully the lab can make a difference with the performance of IE, I still find Chrome the faster browser.

Read the details on the Windows 8 Blog


Web performance matters to everyone, and one engineering objective for Internet Explorer is to be the world’s fastest browser. To achieve this goal we need to reliably measure browser performance against the real world scenarios that matter to our customers. Over the last five years we designed and built the Internet Explorer Performance Lab, one of the world’s most sophisticated web performance measurement systems.

The IE Performance Lab collects reliable, accurate, and actionable data to inform decisions throughout the development cycle. We measure the performance of Internet Explorer 200 times daily, collecting over 5.7 million measurements and 480GB of runtime data each day. We understand the impact of every change to the product and ensure that Internet Explorer only gets faster. This blog post takes a deep look at how the IE Performance Lab is designed and how we use the lab to ensure we’re continually making the web faster.

In this post, we present:

  • Overview of the IE Performance Lab
  • Lab infrastructure
  • What (and how) we measure
  • Testing a scenario
  • Results investigation
  • Testing third-party software
  • Building a fast browser for users
About the author Ian Dixon:
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.
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