Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 team helps to launch Thief of Thieves website

Several months ago, it was announced that the official website for the popular independent comic book "Thief of Thieves" would get a makeover optimized for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 browser. Today, the site finally got its relaunch and Microsoft has offered up more information about their part on the redesign.

The site's full name is Thief of Thieves: Experience and it uses the comic book as an inspiration to tell an interactive story. The comic series itself started in 2012 from Image Comics and was created by Robert Kirkman, best known as the co-creator of "The Walking Dead." The comic centers on a thief who decides to switch sides and start stealing from other thieves. The comics are supervised by Kirkman but written by other authors, and is already being developed into a TV series.

The IE blog says the website lets users become virtual thieves themselves as they learn skills and finally take part in their own crime caper. The design of the site uses the Pointer Events specification that supports touch- and mouse-based interaction and can also accept other future forms of Interaction.

The blog adds:

The Thief of Thieves web site also makes heavy use of scalable vector graphics (SVG), which provides rich graphics regardless of a user’s zoom level or screen size. Animating these rich graphics enhances the story telling but in the past has caused issues with performance, which could impact a user’s overall experience. To optimize for this heavy load, the Thief of Thieves site uses new performance and animation standards like requestAnimationFrame to ensure that paint requests are being synchronized with the refresh rate of the hardware, ensuring the performance remains fast.

More information about how the site was created can be found in this behind-the-scenes page, which includes some example code.

Source: IE blog

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I tried to love IE 10 but it lacks some important things that I need in a browser. Things that Chrome and Firefox have.

It's still not as stable and fast as Chrome or Firefox so unfortunately I have to go with what's best.

I'm missing "Paste and Go", and the password manager can't remember credential on all websites, although that might be a developer issue, e.g. not making it compatible with IE.

Saying that, IE is my main browser and FF is the backup. Chrome has no place on my PC.

What are you missing?

eddman said,
I'm missing "Paste and Go", and the password manager can't remember credential on all websites, although that might be a developer issue, e.g. not making it compatible with IE.

Saying that, IE is my main browser and FF is the backup. Chrome has no place on my PC.

What are you missing?


Right click > go to copied address?

eddman said
What are you missing?
The ability to open images separately in new tabs. The ability to open a bunch of tabs but not load them, until I click on it. There's a few more but I need to be in IE to find out the rest. Those two that I mentioned are my favorite features.

I love Chrome because it's the most stable browser. I've had 72 tabs open and it still worked. On IE, it crashed once I got up about 10 - 15 tabs...

dtourond said,
The ability to open images separately in new tabs. The ability to open a bunch of tabs but not load them, until I click on it. There's a few more but I need to be in IE to find out the rest. Those two that I mentioned are my favorite features.

I love Chrome because it's the most stable browser. I've had 72 tabs open and it still worked. On IE, it crashed once I got up about 10 - 15 tabs...


I do miss a image shortcut like Fx and all that has the 'copy image location' in the quick drop down menu. But you can still easily get the URLS, not so high on the difficulty scale.
Open tabs but not load them? just opening a new tab wont load an entire webpage in IE. Can be clear, empty or the favorites/most used overview.

And stability concerns... even though in recent months i've noticed Chrome being allot stabler (this surely wasnt the case untill last year for sure) with random tabs crashing on me (and on computers around me) for no reason (even while the browser is in the background and not being used). I have yet to have IE crash on me anything like Chrome does regulary.
This is personal experience over ~4000 systems. Not just my own or anything.

Only problem i encounter with IE9/10 sometimes, is the GPU acceleration crashing or failing. Making me unable to load pages properly or they look like IE is on crack or something. But a quick restart of IE fixes this.

Btw want to see Chrome's actual start up speed. Kill any Google service you can find, then boot Chrome... even Palemoon is faster then Chrome if Chrome isnt already preloaded in the background. (and before anyone starts, Trident is NOT preloaded when not in use)

eddman said,

What are you missing?

Nothing big several. Great browser, no question for me.
But there are too many little things that I miss and works much better in chrome.
Mark a plain text link and open it, make a rightclick on a facebook notification window and "open in new tab", visit wikipedia and try a search,... my list of this small little things that I miss in IE is very long. Too long.

BajiRav said,

Right click > go to copied address?

There is such option in IE.

Lastwebpage said,

make a rightclick on a facebook notification window and "open in new tab", visit wikipedia and try a search,

It works in IE10.

One thing that I miss in other browsers:

http://i.imgur.com/Uh9KFU7.png

I don't think their marketeers know that much about building a browser. There are more people in the IE team then only the developers of the software itself.

Perhaps Microsoft should spend MORE On IE developers and LESS on marketing so they can actually get regular browser updates out there?!

But who is in charge decide how much spend in s&r, production, finance, corporation, human resource and marketing.

It is not rare to find some companies sacrifice production in pro of marketing then later found that they can't fulfill with the demand.