Microsoft is now pushing the boundaries of two things together, console gaming and the HTML5 web. Traditionally, consoles are used to play games that occupies over GBs of storage on your harddisk. HTML5 web is used to develop web and mobile apps that are lightweight. Microsoft is now connecting the console and the HTML5 web with the new XBOXIE initiative. Now, you can play web based HTML5 games on your Xbox One using your controller through Internet Explorer which is built into Xbox One OS. Microsoft is showcasing the games that support Xbox One controller on XBOXIE.com. FAQ: What is XBOXIE? With The Xbox One having Internet Explorer as a browser means you have access to play Web based HTML5 games. XBOXIE stands for “Xbox” and “IE” (Internet Explorer) and is pronounced  “Xboxy”. Why use this site? Even though the Xbox One can play HTML5 games it doesn’t mean developers ...

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The Internet Explorer team has announced a partnership with Red Bull Media House to bring an immersive freeride mountain biking experience to the web in IE11. The site is part of Red Bull’s ultimate freeride downhill mountain bike contest, Rampage, which took place on October 11-13 in the Southern Utah desert. The event was live streamed over the weekend, allowing users to vote for the winner. The IE team has updated the Rampage site with a beautiful and immersive experience that delivers all of the top highlights from Red Bull Rampage. The site showcases a 3D map of the downhill course, rider bios, videos from the most epic runs, and a “behind the scenes” video. The Red Bull Rampage site takes advantage of the latest web standards like HTML5 and WebGL, demonstrating the real-world possibilities for 3D graphics and providing a great example of what’s possible in a modern browser ...

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We previously reported on SkyDrive’s update that includes expanded photo management features and support for high DPI screens. There is now also a built-in text editor which supports many types of code files. It has line numbering, syntax highlighting and completion suggestions, even control-space is there. It’s not TFS, but it is a very handy way to work with code files that are available from all your PC’s and to share them with friends, even giving them editing ability. Greg Edmiston from the SkyDrive gives a demo of the new txt editor with Channel 9. For a complete list of new features, see the SkyDrive blog. ...

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Just like ‘Cut the Rope’ -a game by Zeptolab- Microsoft has chosen another popular game to showcase the hardware acceleration in the latest web browsers.  Microsoft has helped Mokus port ‘Contre Jour’ to html 5.  While the first 10 levels can be played on any browser, the remaining 20 levels require multi-touch, which would only work on Internet Explorer 10.  ‘Hauntingly beautiful, pleasantly challenging and strangely addicting – Contre Jour is now on the web! Swing, shoot, drop or fling Petit through 30 free challenging levels right in your browser. Optimized for touch, Contre Jour is at its best using the new Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 devices. The game also works well in Internet Explorer 9 and other modern browsers. Find out if you have what it takes to help Petit reach his goal.’ For a quick tutorial of the game, check out the video below: Read more ...

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Bing has started to roll out its new Metro-fied HTML5-enabled version, with users reporting the typical Windows Phone-like search buttons, smoother page transitions that fade in and out  and navigation tabs (maps, images, videos, etc.) now persistently floating at the top of the page. BingWatch, who obviously keeps a close eye on these things, reports the following changes: Text links to all eight sections include “Images,” “Videos,” “Shopping,” and others are now being moved to the top navigation bar.  The Facebook icon and the number of “Like” also moved up a little bit.  The new homepage also spotted with a larger font size for today’s hot topics "Popular now" at the bottom of the page. The old homepage has eight vertical links to sections include Images, Videos, and others, at left, on top of today’s background photo. The new homepage moved those eight links to the top navigation bar, on ...

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Microsoft has updates Hotmail, bringing better navigation, right click support and keyboard shortcuts and other enhancements which should not just make the web app easier and faster to use, but also easier to users from Yahoo Mail or Gmail coming over to Hotmail to use. A full list of the Hotmail shortcut keys can be find here. Read more at the Windows Team Blog here. ...

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David Catuhe from Microsoft today posted a HTML5 and Silverlight 5 comparison post. The post covers mostly on all the developer aspects of both the platforms. Microsoft also shared the stats from riastats.com which shows Silverlight 4 is installed on 73% of PC’s and HTML5 in 75% of PC’s. BTW, its important to note that HTML5 varies from browser to browser. Take a look at the table below to see how HTML5 and Silverlight 5 stand against each other. Match Vainqueur HTML vs XAML – Extensibility Silverlight HTML vs XAML – DOM access Draw game HTML vs XAML – Code/Tag separation Draw game Tools Silverlight Languages – Development Silverlight Languages – Performances HTML SVG vs Shapes Draw game Canvas vs WriteableBitmap – Functionalities Draw game Canvas vs WriteableBitmap – Pixels – Performances Draw game Canvas vs WriteableBitmap – Shapes - Performances Draw game Brushes Draw game Controls Silverlight Layout Draw game ...

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We posted yesterday on the new appearance of Bing noticed by one of our readers.  It seems what Agha was in fact looking was the rather cool new HTML5 version of Bing, which features all kinds of transitions and eye candy. WinPhonia caught it on video, and reports the following changes once a search is made: The page faded into a black and then back to white, revealing the search results. The entire header has been modified; the placement of the Bing logo changed from residing on the top left to the extreme right in the current update. The search categories are now contained within a black strip that encompasses most of the header. The faded homepage background contained within the header has shifted from the middle, to the right side. The search form has been increased in size; from the dimensions of 387×27, to 765×29. When switching between categories ...

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Microsoft today announced the newly updated m.bing.com mobile experience for HTML5 mobile devices such as iOS and Android. Microsoft noted that Windows Phone 7 devices can enjoy these services when Mobile IE9 gets updated later this year with HTML5. Take a look at the impressive list of features added today, From Bing Blog, Transit Directions and Real-Time Transit We just added transit directions to m.bing.com to make your daily commute and weekend trips easier. We give you the duration of the trip based on walking, transit and traffic information. In addition, real-time transit information is now available for Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles – making it that much easier to get around the city. The real-time updates allow commuters to see if public transit is on schedule, early or delayed, with predictions for arrival times. Image Search We’ve improved Image Search making it faster and smoother, allowing ...

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Recently many sites were reporting that HTML5 powered Bing is coming soon. Bing.com/peek is the preview webpage which may go live soon. The HTML5 powered Bing was first shown at Apple’s WWDC last year(the video above). The upcoming site has some cool features like home page video,cool transitions between navigation within the search experience, zoomable home page images,image slideshows,etc,. Microsoft again demoed the HTML5 powered Bing at the Internet Explorer 9 beta launch event(the first video below). Microsoft is expected to launch the new Bing at the Internet Explorer 9 launch event to be held this month. Another video explaining the same below, ...

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