Microsoft Lets It Snow!

Microsoft are forever going on about how fast IE 9 is over it’s competitors, and while it has made leaps and bounds compared to it’s predecessors, people still prefer to use alternatives like Chrome and Firefox. So just to demonstrate to you how much better IE is, Microsoft has devised a little test.

They’ve developed a web page called Let It Snow which is a HTML5 driven web app. Of course it’s very appropriate for the current holiday season but apparently it’s also a good benchmark tool for testing out how fast your preferred web browser is.

The web app has been developed with all sorts of modern web technologies in mind such as SVG, CSS, HTML5 and hardware acceleration. The whole point of it is to see how many snow flakes your browser can handle at a time. It shows the number of snowflakes and also your FPS. You’re also testing your browser to see if you can wipe away to snow to see a festive message.

grey Microsoft Lets It Snow!

Of course, with Google Chrome being my preferred browser I tried it out in that right away feeling pretty confident it would do a good job. But alas it struggled with one of the lowest settings – at 100 snowflakes I was seeing 5 FPS and as I attempted to wipe the billboard it kept staggering.

Next up I tried IE 9, and surprise surprise, on all the low levels I was getting 60 FPS and flawless performance! So then I upped it to the max setting, 4000 snowflakes. And as you can see from the screen shot above, it managed it pretty well and I was getting 22 FPS and I was able to wipe the billboard without any problems.

It’s a bit suspicious if you ask me, somehow I get the feeling this web app was made just with IE in mind…that’s only a wild guess now..

Why don’t you guys try it out and let me know how you get on, the links below

Let It Snow

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4 Responses to Microsoft Lets It Snow!

  1. goo le December 27, 2011 at 3:01 am #

    Really hope snow soon.My avant browser and ie are snowing now.

  2. kpreston200 December 27, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    I liken this app to Linux, great eye candy and that’s where it ends.
    I use Firefox and have no plans to go back to IE any version.
    9 is full of bugs and allows far too many popups and from as much as I looked at it, to get rid of ads you have to subscribe to a service.
    Firefox has free plugins that make browsing tolerable again without being crapped on every five seconds for bobble and beads.

    A Websites goal is of course to sell things and/or relay information.
    You already Paid for Windows and Explorer.  It should be it’s sole duty to protect the customer and stifle ads if that’s what the customer wants.

    Chrome is in no way about to stifle Youtube ads.  This is a conflict of interest.
    Hence, Firefox being a third party is the logical choice.

    Also, I’ve said it before.  As soon as Wine get’s good enough to play Windows games it’s good bye M$ because they keep going in directions that just rub me wrong.

    Lately I’ve been getting some kind of Hyper thread Overflow error and system resting.  Right in the middle of doing absolutely nothing.  I’m already sick of windows.

  3. Anon December 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Works great for me in the latest Firefox nightly. Keeps up just fine with IE9.

  4. Guest December 29, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    What would be to motivation for MS to let HTML5 evolve? Isn’t that like shooting own leg?
    These demos are just using some very basic HTML5 features and will probably not even work across  browsers. Goal is to let people think MS is pro HTML5. In fact, IE (including coming version) has weakest support for HTML5. And I think the same goes for MS’s developer tools?
    And reason is obvious, open standard is poison for monopoly.

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