Microsoft releases holiday "Lite Brite" browser benchmark test

Microsoft's Internet Explorer team always celebrates the holidays with a new web browser benchmark site that has a seasonal theme. In 2011, it featured a snow filled-image called, naturally, "Let it Snow" and in 2012 it unleashed singing penguins on the Internet. This year, the IE benchmark team has made a site that sends many of us back to a simpler time, when toys didn't had a ton of electronics inside.

The IE blog reveals that the browser site site for the 2013 holidays is called "Holiday Brite" and is based on the classic toy Lite Brite. Created in 1967 by Hasbro, the toy allows kids to create any art piece they want by putting in multi-colored pegs on a board that has a light in the background.

The IE Holiday Brite benchmark test shows how quickly a web browser can generate four holiday designs on the virtual Lite Brite board; Rudolph, a snowman, a Christmas tree and even The Grinch. Microsoft says:

This demo shows how IE11 updates content incrementally rather than needing to layout and render the entire page after every DOM manipulation. It uses a broad range of technologies including HTML5, CSS3, Border-Image, Flexbox, MP3 Audio, Power Efficient timers, and more.

While the benchmark site is designed to work best with IE11, it can also work with other browsers such as Chrome.

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