The last version of the Microsoft’s browser Internet Explorer 8 beta 2 is consuming serious amounts of the operating memory. The browser is using 2 times the memory that’s is used by its competitor Mozilla Firefox, and round 50% of its former version Internet Explorer 7. The benchmarks including IE 8 beta 2, IE 7 and Firefox 3.01 show that when loading 10 sites simultaneously on Vista machine with 2 GB RAM memory, IE 8 is using 380 MB of the operating memory. IE 7 is taking up to 260 MB and Mozilla’s Firefox is using 159 MB.
Just for comparison Microsoft’s Windows XP on the startup is using 130-150 MB.