Chrome, the fastest browser for Windows

chrome_logoTests conducted by Computerworld revealed that the recently released version 3.0 of Google Chrome makes this browser the fastest of all browsers for Windows OS. The SunSpider JavaScript benchmark shows that Chrome interprets JavaScript more than 9 times faster than Microsoft IE8, more than 5 times faster than Opera 10 by the Norwegian company Opera, 2.5 times faster than Firefox 3.5 and 30% faster than Apple’s Safari 4.0.

Impressive results. But what is even more interesting is the fact that Google now also released a version of Chrome that can be run as a plug-in in Microsoft’s browser IE8. With Google Frame, Google also wants to reach users that are not very good with the technical side of things and who cannot change browser themselves, but who are capable of installing a plug-in. It is also meant for Internet users who are forced to keep using IE at work due to the fact that many company applications are run in this browser.

Both categories will soon be able to use the Chrome Frame plug-in, which allows IE to use Chrome’s WebKit rendering engine and its ultra fast V8 JavaSript Engine. For this too, Computerworld conducted the renowned Sunspider test. Here are the results: version 8.0 of the Internet Explorer browser with Chrome Frame interprets JavaScript almost 10 times faster than the regular version of IE8. Google Frame is still in an early stage of development and is meant for developers. It can be downloaded free of charge.