Firefox 4 beta shows Twice better JS performance than 3.6 but still lags behind others
With Firefox 4 first beta release, comparisons have already started to see which browser is better in both speed and performance. Simon Mackie of WebWorkerDaily used the Mozilla's Dromaeo testing suite to get the stats and although this beta scores twice more than the Firefox 3.6, it continues to walk in the slow lane, relatively.
So, lets not make judgements based on this beta release. We are already looking at improvement in the JS performance even without the new engine. And speed is not a complete measure of usability and performance, although its important and ofcourse developers are working very hard to make Firefox 4 as fast as possible.
Simon also ran the Peacekeeper Test but Firefox 4 doesn't show much improvement over 3.6 there.
Recently there have been a growing craze for Chrome browser and why not? Chrome scores highest in every test. We are all influenced by stats and speed but we forget that in the end Software experience is what counts. With its addons capability and the new UI improvements, Firefox is more than just speed and stats. Finally I would like to quote a statement from this comment
I’m also quite certain that if, for example, Firefox 4 Final was the fastest browser on the planet – inevitably the next nightly of Chromium or Opera would edge it out. It’s going to be an indefinite battle for supremacy.