When you have a Ferrari you might want to test drive it on a circuit, where there are none of the limitations of a town
street. Well, when you have Internet Explorer 9 Beta you need a “circuit” on which to test it, something more than just your
average Internet websites, applications and services.
Somewhere where you could really go “pedal to the metal” on
IE9. Where the browser will show just what it is capable of.
Fortunately enough, a wide range of such sites
designed for Internet Explorer 9 already exist, with a plethora of Microsoft partners introducing new IE9-related web
projects with the launch of the Beta on September 15th, 2010.
The Beauty of the Web launch event for IE9 Beta
earlier this week was a real show of force from Microsoft partners.
At the bottom of the screen I included a range
of photos from the partner section of the event. Below you will also be able to find a list of links with some amazing IE9
websites from the software giant’s Beauty of the Web event.
“Richer Web experiences can blend into the consumer's
desktop experience comfortably and consistently. So, today we have an A to Z, literally, of Web sites, partners, live with
Web experiences that take advantage of IE9, even more than the A to Z of the Web,” revealed Dean Hachamovitch, Corporate Vice
President, Internet Explorer, Microsoft earlier this week.
Users will be able to easily notice that IE9 can
enhance the experiences associated with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Netlog.
But there is
additional bleeding edge content from various web design firms, and new perspectives on entertainment and news from BBC, CNN,
Hulu, Vimeo, and Daily Motion.
Over 50 projects were on display in total, many of them built in very short time,
just a matter of weeks, in preparation for the event.
But all of them extremely impressive, and all of them
already live on the web, and available to testers around the world.
It’s important to underline that although the
Redmond company catalyzed the creation of the projects, it made sure to have them work not only across Internet Explorer 9,
but also across rival browsers.
Superb projects such as Endless Mural will function in IE9, as well as any other
browser that supports HTML5.
All the websites featured at the Beauty of the web event in fact, are set up to take
advantage of modern web standards, such as HTML5, CSS3, SVG, etc.
And usage is in no way restricted to IE9, which
is a brilliant move from Microsoft, showing its commitment to users, developers and partners alike, and a strong focus on
driving the web forward by making the same markup vision a reality.
“Today partners around the Internet join us
in releasing new experiences for the Web. Over 70 top sites and brands that reach over two-thirds of active Internet users.
Together that's over 800 million visitors whose Web experience just got better on Windows with IE9,” Hachamovitch added on
Here is the list of IE9 websites, with short descriptions from Microsoft:
“1. Amazon -
Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company.
By integrating the pinning and Jump List
features enabled by Internet Explorer 9, Amazon continues to enhance the on-line shopping experience for customers by giving
them easy access to Amazon.com favorites such as Gold Box Deals and Best Sellers as well as enabling customers to manage
their accounts and check the status of orders quickly and effortlessly.
2. Agent 008 Ball by Pixel Lab - Agent 008
Ball is an addictive game that combines billiards with the high stakes world of international espionage. Cutting edge HTML5
features (like Audio and Canvas) supported by Internet Explorer 9, combined with stunning graphics draw you in as you attempt
to beat a timer and avoid the nefarious tricks of the terrorist organization CHALK.
3. Always Beautiful by Big
Spaceship - Using the new features included in Internet Explorer 9, Big Spaceship created Always Beautiful, an interactive
visualization set to music.
Users manipulate colors and objects that adapt to the song's rhythm and structure. At
the end of the song, the user is shown the high-resolution artwork they've created using the powerful SVG capabilities and
4. AP News Reader by Vectorform - The AP News Lab
"Timeline Reader" is a collaboration between Vectorform and The Associated Press (AP) exploring new ways of visualizing and
reading online news.
We sought out to create a fully featured online reader application that showcases the
beautiful high-res imagery from the AP side-by-side with a full article reading experience.
Users can browse
through all of their favorite news categories simultaneously in a timeline visualization that frames the day’s events in a
complete chronological sequence. The site is also a showcase of the latest advances in HTML5 and CSS3 supported in modern web
Some of the new technologies utilized were the HTML5 canvas tag to create a fast loading and snappy
intro animation/splash screen, HTML5 local storage to keep track of read articles and a reading queue, and CSS3 support for
embedding web fonts.
5. AMD Space Command - AMD Space Command is a fun game that shows the graphics acceleration
of Direct2D technology in the Internet Explorer 9 browser.
Shoot as many space attackers possible, and use the
“GPU capacitor” to adjust the intensity of the game. AMD Space Command is built in HTML5, leveraging the GPU in your PC to
You can see this first hand by keeping track of the Frames Per Second (FPS) as you adjust your
6. BeatKeep by Archetype - Community and creativity are the driving forces behind Archetype’s
BeatKeep allows drummers, musicians, and music enthusiasts to discover, create, and share
beats of any genre. Through intuitive interactions and the power of HTML5 on Internet Explorer 9, BeatKeep allows users to
create unique audio tracks and share them on social networks like Facebook.
7. Beautiful Explorer by Soleil Noir -
Web is beautiful, spontaneous, ephemeral and so creative. The beauty of the web is the creative contents produced by everyday
people. This website is a design trends daily overview. We hope you'll enjoy it.
8. BMW Vision by EMC - EMC
Consulting and BMW have a created the BMW Car Configurator, a ground-breaking tool that shows off the extraordinary BMW
Vision EfficientDynamics concept car.
The experience relies on the high performance of Internet Explorer 9,
manipulate both the car and its environment with a fluid three-dimensional feel.
9. Brain Power by R2Integrated
and Scientific America - R2integrated developed Brain Power, a website and interactive learning tool to introduce users to
the many parts of the human brain and its functionality.
animation layer produces real-time interactions with elements drawn within the HTML5 canvas.
engine within Internet Explorer 9 makes full rich interactive applications practical for all new websites. In short, HTML5
and Internet Explorer 9 introduce end users to new levels of flexibility, capability, and expression.
Shadow Play by RedSAFI - Chinese Shadow Play is a traditional form of Chinese art. This demo lets users choose an iconic
Chinese shadow puppets, play with puppets individually and organize the puppets in formations.
This demo shows
off the power of the Internet Explorer 9 Canvas by featuring a physics engine and a bones system, as well as beautiful bitmap
art to create an engaging viewing experience.
11. Also by RedSAFI: Chinese Kite Experiment - In this demo, a user
can select a kite and choose a flight pattern.
The user can also add fans to the stage and add collision
detection to alter the kite’s flight. This demo shows off Internet Explorer 9 Canvas performance by featuring a physics
engine to create the flying environment.
12. Comicx Parallax by Steaw Design - As web technologies continue to
evolve, we prepare to enter the age of HTML5. Created for Beauty of The Web in honor of the Internet Explorer 9 launch,
“Never Mind the Bullets” offers the traditional comic strip experience enriched by parallax.
With a simple
movement of the mouse, the strip is animated and the story comes to life. It unfolds at LongHorn Gush, a quiet town troubled
by a band of outlaws, The Red Bandanas.
However, with the arrival of the famous Bill “One Shot” Collins, things
are about to change.
13. Cracked.com by Demand Media - Pinning Cracked.com to your task bar allows you easier
access to one of the fastest growing humor sites in the world.
Now all of Cracked’s award-winning content is only
one click away – no matter where you are online!
14. DailyMotion - Dailymotion is pleased to announce the release
of its new HTML5 Player Beta and Demo.
This development takes advantage of the latest web standards, and permits
streaming video playback without the need for plugins," said Olivier Poitrey, CTO and Co-Founder.
"We are excited
to partner with Microsoft for this announcement as the new Internet Explorer 9 shows commitment to both web standards and
innovation. Internet Explorer 9 sets itself apart by supporting hardware accelerated graphics and offering users a more
app-like experience with their new Site Mode.
15. Digital News Archive (DNA) by Nave - The web site provides
Korean newspapers from various publishers dates starting from 1960's to 1990's.
Users can easily browse through
the newspapers using simple UI. To maximize the user experience, the Canvas element was heavily utilized. With the Canvas, we
could make zoom, page navigation and other transitions smooth and enjoyable for the users.
16. Discovery - As the
world’s number one nonfiction media company, Discovery Communications is always looking for new ways to engage with our
By building new Internet Explorer 9 functionality into Discovery.com, TLC.com and
AnimalPlanet.com, we are able to give audiences even more ways to interact with and learn from their favorite TV shows and
18. eHow by Demand Media - eHow offers more than 2 million articles and
videos, providing visitors with trusted solutions for completing life’s daily tasks or larger projects.
Internet Explorer 9, users enjoy an optimized and more dynamic eHow, a faster loading and immersive video experience -
without the need for 3rd party software - plus new tools to bring relevant eHow content straight to our user’s fingertips.
19. Facebook - More than 500 million people actively engage with their friends on Facebook each month.
With IE9, Facebook users will be able to more quickly access and manage their social activities through the browser and get
back to their friends via a seamless and rich experience.
20. Flixster - Flixster is the largest online movie
community and the leading movie application for mobile devices.
Flixster is using Internet Explorer 9’s new
features to give users quick and easy access to great movie content right from the desktop.
21. Floweroscope by LA
Surprise - Floweroscope provides users with a kaleidoscope-like online artistic experience that explores the new capacities
of Internet Explorer 9 to create a unique animation experience.
Floweroscope provides symmetrical effects and
randomly generated shapes, and the user controls the shape colors and sizes.
An HTML5-supported volume effect and
innovative way to draw hardware-accelerated animations without plugins.
22. Gorillaz - Gorillaz.com has been
optimised for Internet Explorer 9 to take advantage of some great new integration features with Windows 7.
can now drag the Gorillaz favicon to their taskbar and access it like an app. Right-clicking on the Gorillaz icon in the
taskbar provides access to site features like News or the G Player.
Gorillaz fans can even personalise this list
by clicking the star to save any page. Powered by HTML5, Murdoc’s Reading Room is turned into an interactive space.
He'll talk you through it as you zoom up to the gallery wall and listen to tracks, bring up the Story So Far book off his
coffee table with stunning pictures, html5 video and audio, and have a nosey look through the contents of his laptop. Click
on the video to play an HTML5 video!
23. Hulu - Hulu on Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 will allow users to
customize their Jump List menu with the most popular destinations on the site.
To customize, users simply select
the menu items in their profile page and they become accessible whenever/wherever you are on Hulu.com.
will also enable contextual menus on Show Pages and Watch Pages allowing users to Subscribe to shows or control their video
watching experience during content playback.
24. IMDb - More than 100 million unique visitors per month turn to
IMDb to discover which movies are coming out and decide what to watch.
IMDb’s new HD Trailer Gallery utilizes
HTML5 and Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration to dramatically enhance the trailer viewing and movie discovery
experience on IMDb.
25. Jack & the Beanstalk, an Animated, Interactive Storybook by Clarity Consulting - The site
The GPU acceleration in
Internet Explorer 9 allows for smooth rendering of animations, even when leveraging heavy physics libraries. Coupled with SVG
The newly supported features of Internet Explorer 9 allows for rich interactivity without the overhead of the
traditional plug-in based model.
26. JitterBug by Cynergy - JitterBug is a fast, fun game built exclusively in
HTML5. Showing off the rich media and rendering power of Internet Explorer 9, the game challenges the player to draw lassos
around fast moving bugs to unlock the Band and start the show before the time runs out.
Relying heavily on
Internet Explorer 9’s impressive Canvas abilities, this rich playing experience redefines what’s possible in HTML based game
27. Kaboodle - Kaboodle is the Internet’s largest social website for passionate shoppers. Kaboodle’s
shopping tools allow users to add products from anywhere online to their Kaboodle lists and to share those products with
The site’s integration with Internet Explorer 9 will provide Kaboodle community members with easy access
to their personalized shopping content via a custom Jump List, ensuring that it is always just one click away.
28. LinkedIn - LinkedIn is an Internet platform company focused on connecting the world's professionals.
company is privately held and has a diversified business model with revenues driven from user subscriptions, advertising
sales and enterprise software licensing.
The LinkedIn Web site launched in 2003 and is the largest professional
networking site in the world with more than 75 million members, representing 200 countries and executives from every Fortune
LinkedIn’s integration with Internet Explorer 9 will provide its members with one-click access to
their professional network and business insights via a custom Jump List.
29. Live Strong by Demand Media -
LIVESTRONG.COM inspires and empowers people to achieve their daily goals around living healthy.
Explorer 9, users enjoy a more dynamic experience including an expanded HD video browsing and improved recipe discovery.
A newly optimized experience of the popular MyPlate food and fitness tracking application keeps users engaged in
30. Lost World’s Fairs by Friends of Mighty - To celebrate Internet Explorer 9’s support for the Web
Open Font Format (WOFF) Jason Santa Maria, Frank Chimero, Naz Hamid, and Trent Walton have teamed up to create a series of
web broadsheets for World’s Fairs that never were.
Each piece uses fully live text (with some HTML5 and CSS3) to
showcase what’s typographically possible on the web.
31. MONA (Museum Of Neverending Art) by groupeReflect - At
the MONA, users work together to create the biggest online artwork ever.
Everyone can create, draw, write, upload
pictures, and add and alter things on the canvas. It’s a user-generated piece of art, which is constantly in motion.
Using Internet Explorer 9 technologies such as HTML5 / CSS3, WebFonts, Canvas and the new Internet Explorer 9
32. MySpace - MySpace
Video offers music videos, full episodes of TV shows, and user generated content and creates a social environment for users
to view, create and share videos with friends.
In Internet Explorer 9, MySpace Video serves over 200,000 videos
and UGC video clips in state of the art high-def H.264 in full compliance with HTML5. Jump Lists in Internet Explorer 9 offer
quick content discovery and easy navigation.
33. National Museum Gallery China by NX - One of the most famous
museums in China, National Museum of China (NMC) now allows visitors to explore the galleries on their feet or on the web.
Internet Explorer 9’s HTML5 support is just right for this scenario: easy to develop with great flexibility,
34. Netlog - Netlog is an
online platform where users can keep in touch with and extend their social network and is currently available in 37 languages
and has more than 69 million members throughout Europe, and this number increases every day.
Netlog is taking
advantage of pinning site to the taskbar and thereby making sure users get to the activities within Netlog they care about
via the Jump List.
35. One Day in Beijing by Toujie - One Day in Beijing provides a virtual tour of famous Beijing
sites, including the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park, Tian An Men, and National Stadium China (Bird Nest).
These are the must-go places for anyone touring Beijing. By harnessing the power of Internet Explorer 9 and HTML5
along with the Internet Explorer 9 Canvas 2D API, we created a multitude of interactive scenarios.
experience flying clouds and mouse sensitive navigation, as well as other HTML 5 demos like flying kites, and piyingxi.
36. Photobucket - Photobucket is the premier destination for saving, sharing, searching, and creating images and
video on the Web.
With Internet Explorer 9, Photobucket is using Jump List, which will allow users to access both
their own content and content from topical “Find Stuff” categories directly from their desktop.
38. Red Bull by Archetype - Archetype has created a next generation global media and social experience for Red Bull.
This interactive application allows users to browse Red Bull’s rich set of photos and video, dynamically
surfacing content based on its popularity in social networking sites and on users' interests.
It takes advantage
of HTML 5, SVG, CSS3, Jump Lists, Scaling, Audio/Video tags and custom font features and functionality offered by Internet
Explorer 9 to raise the bar for interactivity and design in standards based websites.
39. Rough Guides by Metia -
Members of this interactive community use an animated compass to navigate a map of the world; view geo-located photographs
pulled from the Flickr database; and explore 200 travel experiences selected by Rough Guides.
Members can also
submit their own images to the community, and share favourite experiences from their online travels using Facebook, Twitter
40. RTL - RTL Group is a house of excellent content and powerful brands, which is able to deliver its
content to all media platforms worldwide and to repeat its broadcasting success story in every country while fulfilling its
obligation to society.
By combining pinning, Jump List and previews into the RTL experience, Internet Explorer 9
users get convenient access to the most popular RTL content.
41. Sohu NBA by Digital Hall nbadata.sports.sohu.com
- Sohu Sports is one of the most popular interactive sports information network among sport enthusiasts.
the NBA-licensed live video broadcast site for NBA events in China, NBA fans can access team schedules, game videos and
team/player data, photos, chat rooms, voting and other interactive features. Internet Explorer 9 plus HTML 5 gives an
unparalleled high performance hardware accelerated graphics and video experience.
42. t-online.de - This showcase
is a sneak peek at the future of t-online.de.
Core features are new picture and video galleries, a 360 degree
view of consumer products and a fun and challenging online game, all completely realized in HTML 5.
This, as well
as the implementation of the Internet Explorer’s Jump List feature, offers the user a glimpse of what a modern news website
could be like when fully implementing the power and simplicity of HTML 5 in combination with the Internet Explorer’s unique
way to surf the web.
43. The Doll Parade by Freetouch - The Doll Parade allows its users to assemble a wide
variety of dolls by customizing their arms, legs, faces and apparel.
Once the doll is assembled the users doll
along with other creations march smoothly via an HTML5 Canvas. The experiences takes advantage of HTML 5 (Canvas), SVG and
44. The Killers by SparKart - The Killers' website chronicles the band's career, and offers users a
seamless browsing experience of the band’s music and video content.
The website takes advantage of HTML5, Canvas
& SVG across the site's panoramic landscape & internal sections, leveling the playing field in displaying content to users
across multiple platforms & devices.
45. The Shodo by Business Architects - The Kanji Calligraphy website takes
advantage of powerful new Internet Explorer 9 features to introduce users to the beautiful Japanese calligraphy known as
Even better, Kanji Calligraphy allows users to create their own calligraphy-based art work and share it on
Twitter and Facebook.
This site is based on several of the features supported by Internet Explorer 9 HTML5
(canvas, video element, audio element), SVG, and WOFF.
46. The Wall Street Journal - WSJ.com offers breaking news
coverage, real time quotes, and in-depth analysis and commentary to the business elite.
Its high-end magazine,
WSJ., emphasizes luxury and discerning lifestyle content. To make it easier for users to find and enjoy the content, WSJ is
implementing favicons, pinning and the Jump List functionality of Internet Explorer 9 and employing HTML5 features for the
visually enriched magazine.
Users can more quickly and easily access Journal content on their faster Internet
Explorer 9 browsers.
47. TopGear.com by BBC - TopGear.com is the award-winning website of the world famous
motoring entertainment brand, Top Gear.
Top Gear presenters, producers, magazine team, and contributors regularly
post on TopGear.com. The Cool Wall leverages the HTML5 and hardware accelerated graphics support in Internet Explorer 9 to
provide amazingly smooth transitions, Deep Zoom functionality and slick video playback.
48. Twitter - Twitter lets
you share and discover what's happening in your world. The Twitter pinned app in Internet Explorer 9 makes it easy to jump
into your Twitter timeline, read and send direct messages, and more, so it's never more than a click away.
Today - As a part of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, USA TODAY built a multimedia project examining where things
now stand in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
To build the site, we used a variety of web standards, including
HTML5 video tag and several CSS3 features, that take advantage of the capabilities of cutting-edge web technologies in
Internet Explorer 9.
50. Vodpod - Vodpod makes it easy to build your own video channel with your favorite videos
from the Web, and to tune in to channels by other members who share your tastes and interests.
By pinning Vodpod
to the taskbar in Internet Explorer 9, users will be able to jump right to their real-time Vodpod feed, to their video
collection, or to their favorite channels.
51. WebVizBench by Stimulant and KEXP - WebVizBench lets fans of
Seattle’s non-profit radio station KEXP explore historical airplay data, while putting HTML 5's new features to the test.
Sift and sort through 6+ years of music, or use the benchmark mode to see how your browser, CPU and GPU stack up against a
thorough battery of DOM, canvas, typographic, SVG and video rendering tests.
52. XING - XING is a social network
for business professionals with more than 9.6 million members worldwide.
Using Internet Explorer 9 technology
such as Jump Lists, XING members can perform tasks like sending messages faster than ever and also receive real-time updates
about their network. This supports our XING Anywhere strategy and our efforts to provide our members with great usability.
53. Yahoo! Japan - Through Jump Lists in Internet Explorer 9, users of Yahoo! can enjoy the ‘People’, 'TV',
'Game/Animation', and 'Sports' categories of search ranking, and further enjoy it by switching to Yahoo! Auction, and Yahoo!
Answer to see what is actively traded or discussed related to popular queries.
54. ZKM - “Exhibition and Archive”
presents a historic online exhibition and a new experience of archival survey.
The side is driven by HTML5,
CANVAS, CSS3, SVG and Jump List, which allow graphically rich, standard conform applications and avoids plugins. The pure
implementation supports the modern claim of “form follows function” and adds sustainability.”
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