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Microsoft's IE team partners with ESPN for new World Cup 2014 news site

Microsoft's Internet Explorer team has announced a partnership with ESPN for the creation of a new website that will not only cover the upcoming 2014 World Cup soccer tournament but also incorporate the latest web browser programming features.

As shown on Microsoft's Exploring IE blog, the ESPN FC World Cup Essentials website has been created to offer soccer fans the latest headlines from the tournament that begins on June 12, along with match schedules of the teams involved, a history of the World Cup and much more. There's even a 3D globe that can be navigated to check out specific highlights from the long history of the tournament.

However, the site also gives users a chance to check out what's possible with a modern web browser such as Internet Explorer 11, much like what Microsoft did in May when it partnered with 22tracks on their website. The blog states:

To create this immersive sports experience, we utilized the latest HTML5 standards including CSS3 animations, transitions and 3D transforms, WebGL using Three.js to create 3D navigation, and Pointer Events for input that works great across touch, mouse and pen. The 3D models and textures for each of the player graphics are loaded asynchronously for a faster experience. In order to render text content for the team names, match scores, and days in WebGL, we rendered them to a 2D texture using the 2D Canvas API and used Three.js to push those textures into WebGL. We used Ember.js to keep the WebGL content in sync with the rest of the site.

In other words, there's a lot of programming that's been put into this World Cup website that Microsoft has helped ESPN to create. Don't worry; these features should also work on other modern browsers such as Firefox and Chrome.

What do you think of Microsoft helping to create yet another website that's meant to promote the use of Internet Explorer?

Source: Microsoft

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Microsoft's IE team partners with ESPN for new World Cup 2014 news site

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Referees from friendlies are not the same as the ones at the world cup. The world cup referees are veterans of football.

Easy Tiger! I only know what I read in the NY times which is a reputable organization. They have supporting documentation and multiple sources. You might want to read the article before you get upset. Besides as you point out I know nothing about soccer (football is the game with the oblong ball) so why read my comments anyways?

any referee at the professional level is a seasoned veteran. the ones at the world cup are the best, but not necessarily the most seasoned.

Good at the broad scale. We are actually lacking in awarnessa dn therefore we are not able to create trust from user point of view. So this is the another example how powerful safe secure fast and fluid IE11 is.
Since 3years, I'm using bing and IE, and they are the best product that I liked till date. Infact I have seen both of the product growing so its a valuable and asset of the company...

Most of the sport apps on the other platforms already updated for the world cup. WP get left in the dark again I guess... #TeamBrazil

Football is the name for a group of sports that are played on foot. In addition to association football, there is gridiron football, rugby football, Gaelic football, and Aussie rules football. In the UK, the most popular form is association football, so they just call it football. In the US and Canada, gridiron football is the most popular, so we call it football. And the term soccer originated in the UK anyway, short for as"soc"iation football. There are other countries with English as a first language outside North America that call it soccer as well. It's all on Wikipedia and cited if you care to look it up.
The MLB is by far the most highly skilled baseball league in the world. And when the world series started, the US was the only place baseball was played.

stop being retarded... it's called either way, in fact, in other languages you can say football and soccer in the same sentence and it will be perfectly fine. why? because it's the same thing... and you are complaining about something dumb.

Stop being blind and close minded. There is only one country in the world where this sport is called soccer.
In the rest of the world is called the right way: football.

Football is the name for a group of sports that are played on foot. In addition to association football, there is gridiron football, rugby football, Gaelic football, and Aussie rules football. In the UK, the most popular form is association football, so they just call it football. In the US and Canada, gridiron football is the most popular, so we call it football. And the term soccer originated in the UK anyway, short for as"soc"iation football. There are other countries with English as a first language outside North America that call it soccer as well. It's all on Wikipedia and cited if you care to look it up.

You're right. Soccer was coined in England to disassociate it from rugby football. When Rugby became common as a term in its own right and dropped the football (pun intended), the beautiful game reclaimed football as its own. America has done similar with gridiron football, dropping the first word and using just football, and with the rise of proper football in the country had to resort to soccer as a modifier. In America. Outside of the world of poofs' rugby there is only one word for it.

The US and Canada may be the only countries to use soccer almost exclusively, but it is also widely used in Australia, new Zealand, and south Africa. Are you calling gridiron football gay rugby? Do you really want to get into this?

What you on about shirts for? Is that one of those big burly gridiron shirts? The one worn by those hunky men in padding and silly helmets running at each other.. Then there's rugby players getting broken arms and lips and skulls with no protection... Thanks for being a good sport, sausage.

It's called Football. That's why we make the difference with AMERICAN FOOTBALL. You can call it Soccer, Fútbol, Calcio.... whatever. All I know it's the best sport that exists.

cool Microsoft partnership with ESPN but... World Cup? ZzzzZz overreated boring tournament. especially if it's in Brasil ewww, imagine.. annoting brazilians everywhere.
I must admit I feel bad for the people who are getting kicked from their almost homeless house because Brasil wants to "clean" the city, or all the people who are against it, just like this teacher who complains about world cup because education in whatever place he is teacher sucks, so he complains about no money for education, but yes for money for a useless world cup.
It's not like I care about Brasil much anyway, but ironically I have to admit I have a fortaleza shirt in front of my face. ;)

Microsoft seems to partnership sometimes for useless things, but what can we do? I don't expect people use IE for the site if it's obvious it always end up working in other browsers. at least it will work in IE which is good, for people interested in ESPN and how they cover world cup... it's not like I expect them being the best anyway.

I guess for the few who have no clue about the competition it makes it a benefit to show that they help big brands optimize their web presence. To bad they cant keep their service providers in check when it comes to web development for wp8.x

Maybe they can fix their mobile site or put out a decent app. It'll help if the NBA site on Windows Phone doesn't default to a WAP site.

Would be nice if ms added a reporting tool to wp ie like they do for the desktop so sites that dont follow correct guidelines for desktop user agent & basically use only mobile site would be notified of their incompetence

They should spend less time on publicity stunts, and more work on improving their Javascript performance from abysmal to "on the level of other modern browsers".

Internet explorer, is very very very slow on PC & WP its not worth having it. Damn, I cannot change the default on WP!?????

MS should stop schoorooooling and working interface with otg.

Hi ,

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