Firefox finally surpasses Chrome on Windows in a decade-long test

Performance is one of the factors that most affects user experience for any web browser platform. No one wants to waste time waiting for websites to fully load when the problem is not actually the internet connection. Web browser developers of course understand that, and are always looking for ways to increase browser startup and processing performance.

If you used Mozilla Firefox for a while, but then decided to switch to Chrome or another platform due to frustrations caused by poor performance – try switching back.

Mozilla recently confidently announced that Firefox was finally able to surpass Google Chrome in the SunSpider benchmark test on the Windows 10 64-bit platform. Performance data is posted by Mozilla’s JavaScript team on the “Are we fast yet” website, which tracks browser performance in JavaScript, as well as compares it with Chromium.

The chart above shows that Firefox has been able to outperform Chrome in tests run daily over the past two months or so. The performance of platforms is measured through execution time (in milliseconds) and therefore, lower markers mean faster performance.

For those who don’t know, SunSpider is a synthetic benchmark designed to test JavaScript performance. SunSpider was first released in 2007 by WebKit, it was a legacy SunSpider standard at the time last updated in 2013, and since then it has been superseded for about a decade by testing. newer like Google’s V8 and Octane. Therefore, Firefox’s victory, although commendable, may need to be considered in many other aspects.

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Meanwhile, according to Apple’s JetStream 2, another synthetic testing benchmark for measuring JavaScript performance, Google’s Chrome – as usual – continues to outperform Firefox by a wide margin, despite its progress. Firefox’s is there.

Finally, we have Speedometer, which mainly focuses on evaluating the responsiveness of web applications in the browser. Mozilla’s internal testing based on Speedometer shows that Firefox’s average performance score has increased steadily over the past few months with each update, and is in a “tug of war” with Chrome.

In general, to “outload” Chrome is not simple with Firefox, and will require a lot of time and effort. However, being able to catch up and even surpass the competition in some aspects is a success, worthy of Mozilla’s commendable efforts.