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Test Your Site on IE 9 and Measure User Experience

By Aaron Rudger | February 21, 2012

CATEGORIES: Web Performance

Last month, we announced that the Keynote Global Network was being updated with Internet Explorer 9. As a result, our real browser monitoring service, Transaction Perspective, is now measuring the performance of Web applications and sites using Microsoft’s latest Web browser. This makes Keynote the first on-demand monitoring service built on IE 9, which is pretty cool. But what’s even cooler is the ability that IE 9 gives us to measure a new class of performance metrics we call user experience metrics.

As we’ve discussed here previously, IE is still the big kid on the block when it comes to browser usage. With the demise of IE 6 in the United States, and the rise of Firefox and Chrome, it’s clear that users are quickly leaving “old” browsers for “modern” ones like IE 9. With high performance and broad support for open Web standards, browsers like IE 9 make it easier for companies to create a rich and snappy experience for consumers. In response, 34% of the top Internet sites now use HTML 5, and the use of JavaScript continues to rise. Transaction Perspective built on IE 9 allows customers to get a more precise view of their sites’ performance, especially those leveraging new Web standards.

Our new Live Beta preview of MyKeynote 11 with Transaction Perspective lets you see performance in very important ways:

  • Time to First Paint This new metric tells you when a user begins to see your site render in the browser.
  • Time to Interactive Page – Tells you when the Document Object Model (DOM) begins to process user events for the document.
  • Total User Experience Time – With User Experience Time, you know how long a page (or series of pages) took to render and become usable for a real user. It is the ultimate measure of a page’s speed, factoring not only the time it took for data to be downloaded, but also rendered and made interactive.

These key moments are just a handful of the browser events we capture. If you’re a performance expert, you’ll appreciate that we measure all the Browser Navigation Timing events and can graph them individually over time (multiple measurements), as well as display them in a timeline view for an individual measurement.

KITE (Keynote Internet Testing Environment) lets you to test for free your site’s performance from 5 cities on the Keynote Global Network, on demand. But if you’d like to test drive User Experience monitoring, click the “24x7 Monitoring” button in KITE.

Once you’ve activated your trial, click the “Try Beta Version” link in MyKeynote. There, you’ll be able view User Experience metrics for everything monitored during your trial.

Soon, you’ll be able to see these new browser event metrics from your desktop in KITE, as well. Your copy of KITE should automatically update itself to version 5, or you can manually check for the new version.

Let us know what you think of these new features!

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