Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.


so why does IE run so much faster?

Yet further evidence that Microsoft is out to rule the world…

Brian Tiemann offers a good explanation (it’s a bit technical, but written well for the layperson) of why Internet Explorer seems to pull up web pages so much faster than other browsers. In a nutshell, basically IE, when communicating with servers that use Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS), omits some of the usual standard TCP/IP connection “handshakes” that verify a connection between the browser and server and acknowledge receipt of data packets.

[I]n the grand scheme of things, this probably makes sense to Microsoft’s network engineers. After all, eventually all clients will be Windows platforms running IE, and all servers will be Windows platforms running IIS. And then we can break all kinds of rules! Rules are only there to hold us back and force us to play nice with other vendors.