The fast and fluid Internet Explorer 10 is the fastest web browser on Windows 8. In a blog post Microsoft said that according to New Relic report IE10 and IE9 have the "fastest browser response time on Windows, with IE10 showing a notable increase over IE9."
Microsoft also quoted a Sep 18, Strangeloop Networks' report that showed "Internet Explorer 10 rendered pages faster than other browsers" and that "IE10 served pages 8% faster than Chrome 20." The tests used Webpagetest.org, an open-source project primarily developed and supported by Google.
"These unpaid, independent endorsements are just three votes in favor of IE10's real-world performance," Microsoft stated.
The IE team also built a demo using RoboHornet to run the micro-benchmark suite in the context of a real-world scenario, releasing the demo as RoboHornet Pro. Check the video below:
Also, Microsoft revised Security Advisory 2755801 to address issues in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10.
"Security issues have been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise a computer running Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8 and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer," Microsoft posted in the security advisory.
The company also noted that Windows Store now provides access to a total of 13,000 apps, "all of them accessible from any Windows 8 device, be it a laptop, a desktop PC or a tablet," Microsoft stated.
Microsoft is working on a 7-inch version of the Surface, called Xbox Surface, "will feature an ARM processor (so it won't run legacy Windows apps) and much more RAM to better handle resource hogs," Verge reports.
In addition to optimized gaming, the "Xbox Surface" tablet will also support Modern Apps.
The device is very likely to be released in 2013, as the development is already underway in Microsoft's Silicon Valley office.
Microsoft remains tight-lipped on the news.
A video on Microsoft's Windows Phone blog appeared showcasing what's new in photos and video for Windows Phone 8. Check it below with a couple of more video showcasing Windows 8 and Surface.
In this video, a Surface Table owners has managed to replace the preinstalled Windows 7 operating system with the new Windows 8.
The video below compares iPad leaked TV ad with Surface:
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