Microsoft Posts IE10's Score with RoboHornet Micro-benchmark; Kinect Powers World's Biggest Virtual Shoe Store

Following Google's latest micro-benchmark, RoboHornet, in which Internet Explorer 10 scores rather well. Microsoft's Director, Internet Explorer Marketing, Roger Capriotti, run decided to take the RoboHornet micro-benchmark in the context of a real-world scenario using "modern browser capabilities like CSS3 Animations, CSS3 Transforms, CSS3 Text Shadows, custom WOFF fonts, Unicode, Touch, and more."Capriotti notes they […]

Following Google's latest micro-benchmark, RoboHornet, in which Internet Explorer 10 scores rather well. Microsoft's Director, Internet Explorer Marketing, Roger Capriotti, run decided to take the RoboHornet micro-benchmark in the context of a real-world scenario using "modern browser capabilities like CSS3 Animations, CSS3 Transforms, CSS3 Text Shadows, custom WOFF fonts, Unicode, Touch, and more."

Capriotti notes they created a site that looks a little bit like the familiar Matrix. Explaining, "We then ran the RoboHornet micro-benchmark in the context of this real website. While running both the Matrix and RoboHornet micro-benchmark at the same time, Chrome slows to a crawl and stops animating the screen, because it wasn't designed to handle a benchmark load in the context of a real-world scenario. Meanwhile IE10 remains responsive, continues animating the screen, and finishes the test in less than half the time that Chrome does," he said.

Adding, Internet Explorer is built from the ground up to perform incredibly well on web sites, not lab micro-benchmarks. "Third-party results like those from Strangeloop Networks last week showing that that Internet Explorer 10 is 8% faster than Chrome 20 at loading web pages from the top 2,000 retail websites reinforce that we're taking the right approach as we strive to build the fastest web browser available," he said.

He also posted a demo video of RoboHornet Pro on a Samsung Series 7 PC running Windows 8 below:

Also, RoboHornet Pro is now available on IE Test Drive site.

On September 24, W3C has accepted and published Microsoft's member submission describing a new way for Web sites to support multiple pointing devices such as mouse, pen, and multi-touch.

"Our proposal for a new Pointer Events Web standard is based on the APIs available today in IE10 on Windows 8," wrote Adrian Bateman and Jacob Rossi, Program Managers, Internet Explorer.

The W3C noted, "This Submission comes at a time of significant developer concern about creating content that works well on multiple input modalities, and in light of some disadvantages to the touch event model currently under standardization."

In another blog entry, the company posted a video, demonstrating "a Kinect for Windows powered virtual shoe store." In fact, the creators, Gortz, claim this is the world's largest shoe store.

The system premiered at Hamburg Central Station recently and employs 3 Kinect sensors to allow you to choose a brand and style of shoe and then have them digitally slipped on to your feet. As befits such as a social activity, you can post images of the shoe fitting to Facebook and buy via your phone with a QR code displayed on screen.

Check out the video below: