I haven’t tried IE8 nor am I willing to, but one of the rare things I read about IE8 when people were discussing how not innovative Google Chrome was, is that it uses a process per tab.
Now let’s assume IE binary code + libraries fit in 10MB (which is probably a small estimate), and you open 10 tabs. Here you are : 100MB RAM consumed. OH MY GOD!
Except that memory is shared between the processes. That’s 100MB virtual memory.
Reality is that you’ll have a hard time calculating the actual amount of memory used.
Update: It has already started.
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