Use Desktop Internet Explorer instead of Modern UI Internet Explorer to conserve memory

Internet Explorer is an application that I use often and I was curious to know which version of Internet Explorer uses the most memory – Desktop Internet Explorer or Modern UI Internet Explorer.  I’ve documented my experiment below but I was actually surprised at what I found. 

When it comes to memory usage, the Internet Explorer App on the Modern UI consumes more memory than Internet Explorer on the Desktop.  I didn’t think this was possible since the Modern UI version doesn’t seem to have much to it in terms what it could do.

In this experiment, I used four websites.

  1. http://t.msn.com/
  2. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx
  3. http://www.yahoo.com/
  4. http://www.theverge.com/microsoft

Incrementally adding the websites yielded the following data:

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I had both browsers point to http://t.msn.com/

Now, if both applications point to another website, like www.microsoft.com, the memory footprint looks like this:

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Now, if I add www.yahoo.com and three websites are open at the same time on each browser, the memory footprint looks like this:

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Four websites yield..

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Putting the data in a grapth..

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Now, if I put 8 of the same websites on both browsers, the result is this:

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And the graph changes to:

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Up to 50 MB difference if 8 websites are open concurrently.

Conclusion:

If you would like to conserve memory, it is best to go with the desktop version of Internet Explorer.

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