Windows 8.1 comes with the latest version of Internet Explorer. IE 11 promises not just a whole bunch of new features, but also stability and security, power and performance improvements.

All these factors combined should make it the fastest and most secure version of Internet Explorer, which itself has transitioned into a modern web browser with version 10. And now Microsoft has begun to regularly bringing these enhancements into the spotlight.

The technology titan talked about how the new browser handles JPG images — according to the company, the overall loading process is now estimated to be 45 percent faster:

“Images on average account for the most bytes downloaded on the Web today. To improve the performance of loading JPG images, IE11 has streamlined its JPG decoding by moving some steps of the decoding process directly to the GPU where it can be done significantly faster and in parallel.

Images account for 61% of bytes downloaded on the Web today, and 47% of image requests are for JPG images. By using hardware more efficiently to decode JPG images, IE11 now loads JPG images up to 45% faster and uses up to 40% less memory over previous IE versions.”

This 40 percent lower memory consumption thanks to the combination of Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 is an impressive figure and should be good news for power mobile users.

Microsoft then goes into some technical details in the blog post above, explaining how IE 11 makes use of the available hardware more efficiently — a pretty interesting read for the techies amongst you.

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