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Futuremark Peacekeeper to be Discontinued

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 7:05 am | Internet Browsers Press Releases | Stock Ticker: NASDAQ:MSFT

With the public release of Windows 10 coming up next week it's a good time for us to review our current line up. As a result, we have decided to move Peacekeeper, our browser benchmark, to our list of unsupported products.


Peacekeeper is a universal browser benchmark for measuring JavaScript performance. More than seven and a half million people have tested their browsers and mobile devices with Peacekeeper since its release in 2009. But today, competition between browsers has largely shifted from speed to features.


Modern browsers are typically fast enough on a wide range of hardware, and the differences in speed in everyday use are trivial. A browser's features, extensions, and memory use are now much more likely to be the deciding factors reducing the relevance of pure JavaScript performance benchmarks.


For future testing of Windows PCs, we recommend PCMark 8. And for Android smartphones and tablets, we recommend PCMark for Android. Both include tests for measuring web browsing performance based on real-world activities instead of the narrow, synthetic workloads found in JavaScript benchmarks.


Even though Peacekeeper will be unsupported after July 29, you will still be able to use it and your saved results will continue to be available at this page.


Changes to the availability of other benchmarks

With the launch of Windows 10 we will also be removing the Windows RT version of 3DMark from the Windows Store, and 3DMark Vantage will no longer be available to buy on Steam, though both of these benchmarks will continue to be supported. 3DMark Vantage will be available from the Futuremark website, while 3DMark for Windows RT will be offered to enterprise and business customers on request.


Benchmarking with Windows 10

We're just finishing up our compatibility testing with Windows 10 build 10240, the supposed RTM. Look out for an email from me next week with our advice on testing Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices with Futuremark benchmarks.

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