Depends on how you test fastest. Microsoft claims IE is the fastest browser. Everyone else, and I do mean EVERYONE else says it’s the slowest. So how do people test and how do they get the results they spout off?
Want a little more real-world then that? Here’s another speed comparison - http://lifehacker.com/5286869/lifehacker-speed-tests-safari-4-chrome-2-and-more
That one shows IE, Safari and Firefox pretty much neck and neck with page loading and has Chrome about 25% faster.
But it’s the chart from Test #2 that has the numbers that start to reveal the huge performance gaps that everyone talks about. The chart that shows Chrome as 10 times faster then IE and Safari as 8 times faster.
And when you look at that test, you see that Chrome ranges from 33 to 3 times faster then IE and Safari ranges from 31 to 6 times faster.
When you pull it all together it boils down to this:
- All the browsers actually perform well in general browsing.
- Safari and Chrome are generally the fastest with Firefox trailing closely.