Microsoft's PenguinMark Puts Your Browser to the Test
Article by George Norman
On 07 Jan 2013
If you want to see how fast your browser is, check out PenguinMark, a cheerful HTML5 experiment recently released by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team.

Here’s one that we missed because we were focused on other Christmassy stuff: late this December, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team, in an effort to promote holiday cheer and its products (that would be IE10 and Windows 8), rolled out PenguinMark, a new HTML5 experiment meant to make the most of your PC’s hardware and Windows 8’s touch capabilities.


“Check out Penguin Mark and enjoy some GPU-powered holiday fun,” said Rob Mauceri, Group Program Manager, Internet Explorer. “This experience brings together hardware-accelerated HTML5 capabilities like canvas, CSS3 animations and transitions, audio, WOFF, power and performance APIs, and more. Be sure to turn your volume up for maximum entertainment. The faster your browser, the higher your Penguin Mark score goes.”

The whole PenguinMark experience goes something like this: visit the website and with a simple mouse click start the browser test. As your browser is being tested you will get to see some cute penguins and listen to some cheerful music. Once the test is over, your browser will get a score. As mentioned above, the faster the browser, the higher the score.

As a little side note, it must be said that PenguinMark is not the first HTML5 experiment Microsoft rolls out to promote IE10 and Windows 8. This 2012, as part of its effort to showcase what is possible on the web today, Microsoft brought Cut the Rope, Atari Arcade, and Contre Jour to the web.

As another little side note, since were talking about games and Christmassy stuff, Rovio recently announced that its Angry Birds game was downloaded more than 8 million times on Christmas day and more than 30 million times during Christmas week 2012.

Tags: Microsoft, Internet Explorer 10, IE10, Windows 8, PenguinMark, HTML5, Cut the Rope, Atari, Contre Jour, Rovio, Angry Birds
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