I think it is time to set up some sort of full comparative test, using the same OS, the same hardware and the same connection in all cases someone needs to visit the same webpage (one which DOES NOT change it's content more oftne thn hourly, as this would lead to different amounts of content needing to be loaded by each browser), then clear all their temp files from the browser, then clear any other temp files with either windows' internal disk cleanup utility or with CCleaner. Then use the next browser you want to test. I would suggest trying:
Edge, with default settings.
Edge, with user's preferred settings.
IE, the latest version with default settings.
IE, the latest version with user's preferred settings.
Google Chrome, the latest version with default settings.
Google Chrome, the latest version with user's preferred settings.
Google Chrome, the latest version with plugins set to click to play.
Firefox, the latest version with default settings.
Firefox, the latest version with user's preferred settings.
Firefox, the latest version with plugins set to "ask to activate".
IE, in the metro mode if it still has one.
I would try testing them for speed of loading a particular page, if whichever setting you test first is vastly slower than the others, test this setting again at the end to eliminate the effects of any temp which weren't removed by clearing the browser history and the system temp files. Maybe try on both a media heavy (as in loads of animations and fancy graphics) and a media light (as in mostly just text and images) page And then test how long it takes each to download a file, I would go for a file of about 10 megabytes in size, the same file every time ofcourse.
It would be good if everyon just timed the same page loading in their own browser, and posted their time and browser settings, but that would be more affected by different internet speeds in the poster's location and the speed of their computer overall than it would by browser type.
Edited by rp88, 03 May 2015 - 11:43 AM.
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