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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Firefox, Ajax, Google and IE 7.0

Internet Explorer 7.0 running Gmail is painfully slow, and slowly consumes all available RAM if left running for a couple days. I've verified this on 2 machines. Has anyone else seen this? In my tests, I've found that IE7 has major problems with AJAX apps that are "always on", and are constantly updating the screen by replacing the src attribute of blocks.

Did Microsoft deliberately cripple AJAX applications in IE 7? They have a huge financial incentive to do so. In order to continue using Gmail under Windows Vista, I now have to run Firefox. Firefox on Vista works great, and installing it greatly reduced my browser latency.

It's interesting to see how the market prices of the two are strongly negatively correlated. I'm clearly not the only one who's noticed the relationship - Google is being predicted by NASDAQ investors as the loser in this browser war.

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