Microsoft Shows Off Internet Explorer 9’s HTML5 Prowess with Interactive Prometheus Site

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Microsoft is always keen to promote its latest version of web browser, Internet Explorer 9. We’ve seen racy TV adverts and a tie in with The Hunger Games recently, but what’s next?

Big name movies seem to be the name of the game for IE9, and now Microsoft has teamed up with Ridley Scott’s eagerly awaited Prometheus. An interactive website has been created to show off how fast the browser is when dealing with HTML5 web content, as well as promoting the movie of course.

Head over to the website ( and you’ll be offered the chance to sign up to Weyland Industries as a recruit:

“Welcome to Project Prometheus Training Center. Weyland is looking for the best of the best to join our crew. Prospective applicants may apply now.”

Once you’ve registered by linking to a Twitter or Facebook account, you’ll be debriefed and taken into a futuristic profile page. From here you’re invited to participate in a number of tests and interactive activities – all of which use HTML5 and jQuery – to train up before joining Weyland.

The website is a visual feast for anybody who’s excited about the upcoming movie, with videos, unlockable features, information on vehicles, characters and other high-tech bits and bobs.

By partnering with the Internet Explorer team, we were able to create an online experience that makes visitors part of the Prometheus experience. The HTML5 and hardware accelerated capabilities of Internet Explorer 9 gave us the power we needed to provide amazingly realistic mental and physical challenges that bring the Training Center to life,” said Ira Rubenstein, EVP Digital at Twentieth Century Fox.

Of course, you don’t actually have to use Internet Explorer 9 to make the most of the website, or to use it all in fact. It works fine for us on Safari, Firefox and Chrome! Weyland Industries just “recommends that you use IE9” – or rather, Microsoft does.

Scores are totted up from each test and users are pitted against each other on a leaderboard to see who is the top recruit. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

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Via: Windows Team Blog