Microsoft launches "Irish Spring" IE 10 HTML5 web site

Tomorrow the whole world becomes Irish for one day as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing green, going to parades and, if you are over 21 in the US, having a few pints of beer. Microsoft has decided to start celebrating the day a little early via a new web site designed to showcase the features of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8.

The Irish Spring web site is similar to other Microsoft web sites launched for Christmas and Valentine's Day in that they are created to show off the hardware accelerated HTML5 features that web site creators can use for browsers such as Internet Explorer 10. If you are using IE 10 with a Windows 8 touch screen device, you can use your finger to manipulate the four leaf clover. You can also do it the old fashioned way with the mouse cursor if you have a mouse and keyboard set up.

The official Internet Explorer developer web blog warns that using browsers other than IE 9 or IE 10 won't work as well. Indeed, we tried and failed to view the Irish Spring site using Firefox. Safari worked but the site performance slowed to a crawl but Chrome handled the Irish Sprint site pretty well.

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_Heracles said,
IE check: do you get sound? No? You are not using IE9 or IE10 on Windows.

Worked fine for me using the dev version of Chrome 19 - sound and all. Completely fluid, no choppy animation at all.

Chrome 17 works for me. Slow but works but you know it was code for IE10 and Microsoft will most likely make it work slower for other browser

Works slower in firefox than ie. I was expecting that. No sound in firefox. I was expecting that as well. What I wasn't expecting was that the animation was not centered around the cursor in either browser. It was way up and to the left of where I clicked.

I should add that I'm using ie10 on the windows 8 cp and firefox nightly 14.0a1. So maybe I should test it on IE9 at least.

Edited by Ned, Mar 16 2012, 6:23pm :

...or IE10 ....didn't notice the IE10 in the title. Not surprised to hear that it works in chrome though.

You mean on the one machine in the world on which they have hardware acceleration actually working? On all other machines, it's glacial with Opera.

Not working with Firefox. Considering how well the Christmas one worked with Firefox (especially in the 64-bit Waterfox), I suspect they have it coded not to allow other browsers to use it.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Not working with Firefox. Considering how well the Christmas one worked with Firefox (especially in the 64-bit Waterfox), I suspect they have it coded not to allow other browsers to use it.

Works great in Chrome and IE9 buddy. Firefox is behind Opera to me nowadays.

Happy St. Paddy's Day everyone!

Firefox works fine for me...

pLUSpISTOL said,

Works great in Chrome and IE9 buddy. Firefox is behind Opera to me nowadays.

Happy St. Paddy's Day everyone!

pLUSpISTOL said,

Works great in Chrome and IE9 buddy. Firefox is behind Opera to me nowadays.

Happy St. Paddy's Day everyone!

It doesn't work for me in chromium but it works like a breeze in firefox

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Not working with Firefox. Considering how well the Christmas one worked with Firefox (especially in the 64-bit Waterfox), I suspect they have it coded not to allow other browsers to use it.

Really? It's standard html5 code... Did it ever occur to you that FF is perhaps lacking in html5 compliance? And before you post a link to html5test.com. That site doesn't test compliance, only feature support.