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IE 8 Slow? Blame Third Parties

After hearing complaints that IE 8 can be slow, Microsoft code jocks took a look and now claim that IE 8 isn't slow -- but third-party add-ons sure are!

A lot of these add-ons, such as toolbars (don't you love how these install themselves, but make you jump through hoops to get rid of them?), are invoked in each and every tab. Other performance culprits? Security software and Skype.

Microsoft's current answer is to use Process Monitor to see which add-ons use the most processing and then disable them. Firefox and Chrome proponents have another answer: Disable IE!

I'm using IE 8 and despite a minor glitch or two, I've had no problems. Then again, I tend to stay away from most add-ons. Is IE 8 fast or slow? Let me know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/22/2009 at 1:16 PM


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