User Interface, Not Speed, was IE8's Top Priority


When developing Internet Explorer 8 , Microsoft’s top priority wasn’t building the browser for speed, but making sure that the user interface was unlike any other.

During a press demonstration for Beta 2, Microsoft’s product marketing director, Stephani Kimmberlan, explained that the browser wasn’t built for performance benchmarking, and that it would be premature to run speed tests on the browser before its final release.

Kimmerlan also noted that the browser’s important features were “user-interface enhancements”; things like the Accelerators (a basic, right-click shortcut menu) are just part of the many ways IE8 automates near simple tasks for easier accessibility.

Microsoft also demonstrated the browser’s enhanced search box feature, adding that unlike Google’s Chrome, the search feature didn’t send any data back to home base.

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