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Internet Explorer 11: Yes, it’s a viable competitor to Chrome

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Internet Explorer should no longer be the browser everyone hates. 

Well, it looks like Microsoft’s hard work has paid off. The newest Internet Explorer isn’t only decent nowadays: it’s awesome. But how does it stack up against its competitors?

First, answer this question: what other browser has an anime character mascot?

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Only kidding, of course…or am I?

Honestly, why would you use IE over Chrome? Here are a few reasons.

  1. It’s way faster. Yep, I’m not kidding. Compare loading times and opening times of each browser. When IE is reoppened, it literally takes .01 seconds to open, compared to almost 1 full second with Chrome.
  2. It uses less memory to run. When IE runs 10 tabs at once, it uses about 250 MBs of memory. When Chrome runs 10 tabs simultaneously, it uses over 400 MBs.
  3. IE is fully integrated into Windows 8. If you’re a Windows 8, RT, or 8.1 user, using Internet Explorer 11 is a better experience. You can pin websites to start as apps, and load them separately in your taskbar. While Chrome has a “Windows 8 mode” alternative, its still not quite as optimized as IE’s iteration.
  4. IE users can view tabs from other devices. Just as Chrome has bookmark, browsing, and other information syncing with your Google account, Internet Explorer 11 features favorites, browsing, and more info sync as well via your Microsoft account. But in addition to that, you can view open tabs on other devices you own, including any IE11 tabs open on your Windows Phone, laptop, or Surface. It’s a neat feature that makes browsing from mobile to desktop seamless.

Chrome still has a few advantages for now. For example, as far as cross-platform browser use, Chrome may still be the more viable option. That is, unless Internet Explorer would ever come out on iOS, OS X, or Android devices. Now that would be cool. Also, while Chrome and IE are fairly neck-and-neck with CSS3 Compliance, Chrome does have a slight lead on IE with HTML5 compliance. We’re hoping to see improvements in that area soon.

Thinking about switching from Chrome? Here are some tweaks to make IE “more like Chrome.”

Block ads: YES, you can get add-ons for IE. For all of those who swear by Adblock on Chrome, you can download Adblock plus here for IE for free.

Keep multiple IE tabs as one taskbar item: Some IE users that are used to Chrome’s way of handling tabs may be annoyed with multiple items appearing on the taskbar to represent multiple IE tabs. To make each IE window only one taskbar item regardless of the number of tabs it has, click Settings > Internet Options. Then, under the “General” tab, click “Tabs” and unchuck “Show Previews for individual tabs in the taskbar.” Once this is done, click OK and then Apply. 

Make tabs a separate row on IE: You can put IE’s tabs on a separate row like you see on Chrome. To do this, right-click an empty area on a IE toolbar, and select “Show tabs on a separate row.”