Internet Explorer 9 RTW is now available for download. After a first preview at PDC 2009, a first Platform Preview at MIX 2010, a Beta in September 2010 and RC in February 2011: we’ve gone through a lot to bring a more beautiful web.

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A more beautiful web: Belgian cases

With IE9 officially released, the way to a more beautiful web is being paved. We have been working with Belgian partners to have their sites shine on IE9 and other modern browsers. These partners are implementing HTML5 features and taking advantage of Site Pinning features. Site Pinning features allow users to pin a website to the Taskbar in Windows 7 (note this is not related to HTML5 but simply a feature in the new browser).

Netlog and Geolocation API

Netlog created a new experience available to all their members using modern browsers: they can now take advantage of geolocation API to create location based shouts.
If you want to learn more about Netlog’s development, make sure to attend the HTML5 Web Camp (see below) or watch the video of their session after the event.

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Pinned sites experiences

Here are a few of our Belgian partners taking advantage of the IE9 site pinning experiences.

Pinned site: Autogids and Le Moniteur Automobile

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Try it out yourself: http://www.moniteurautomobile.be/ and http://www.autogids.be/

Pinned site: HLN.be and 7sur7.be

HLN.be and 7sur7.be allow their users to pin the website to the taskbar, allowing users to quickly launch the browser or specific channels from within the jumplists.

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Try it out yourself: http://www.7sur7.be/ and http://www.hln.be/

Pinned site: Le Soir

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Try it out yourself: http://www.lesoir.be

Pinned site: RTL TVI

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Try it out yourself: http://www.rtltvi.be

Pinned site: Zita.be

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Try it out yourself: http://www.zita.be

And more coming…

Keep your eyes on www.beautyoftheweb.be to discover more experiences soon.

A more beautiful web with HTML5

webcampsWe are also bringing more HTML5 content to the local web developers and designers. Our first HTML5 Web Camp Belux event is taking place on April 6th in Brussels. Just two weeks ago we announced the event, which was fully booked no less than 24 hours later!
With such a high interest we went the extra mile and increased the number of seats to 150 instead of the original 100 attendees.
Netlog will talk about their Geolocated shouts, LBi, These Days and Ferranti are the other partners bringing you more HMTL5 content like Canvas, WebSockets, jQuery, CSS3 and real world cases.

If you are not registered, it’s unfortunately too late to join the event. However no panic, all the sessions are being recorded and will be posted soon after the event.

Some beautiful sites

Here’s a few of my favorite new HTML5 sites, most of them announced during last night’s IE9 press event.

Foursquare playground
After asking the user for access to its geographical information, it positions the user in the middle with all the surrounding foursquare check-ins close by.

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Close to my current location I have a hotel (in this case the Crowne Plaza), so I can go in and zoom into that location to see the Mayor and user tips. The more users checking in, the more info.
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Try it out yourself: http://foursquareplayground.com/

Never Mind the Bullets
This site gives you a comic strip experience enriched by the effects of parallax scrolling, by taking advantage of HTML5 features such as Canvas, <audio> and <video>, CSS 2D Transforms and more.

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Try it out yourself: http://www.nevermindthebullets.com/

Mike Tompkins’ Firework

And a last one that’s a real blast: try out the HTML5 video mixer that plays 16 different videos with which you can interact.
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Feeling creative? Give the Audio Mixer a try: http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/firework/create.html
Fun guaranteed!

Try it out yourself: http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/firework/

Resources

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