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AP Experiment With Windows Internet Explorer 9 Creates Timeline Reader

Working with Microsoft Corp., The Associated Press has created a way of presenting news in a visual format that allows readers to scroll through a timeline of top stories in a range of categories. The Timeline Reader represents AP’s first experimentation with HTML5, and is optimized for viewing on Windows Internet Explorer 9, the latest version of Internet Explorer that just launched in beta.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the way users find and engage with news,” said Jeffrey Litvack, AP’s general manager of global product development. “This project combined a number of new tools and opportunities to push that experience further.”

The new features on Windows Internet Explorer 9 enabled AP to use HTML5 to create new layouts and animations, making the reader experience much more visual. The Timeline Reader uses Windows Internet Explorer 9’s cached content ability to save user settings as well as allow users to create a custom story queue to read chronologically, including top news, sports, entertainment, and business. AP expects the experimental project to run for about 6 months.

It can be found at http://html5.labs.ap.org. For the best experience, users should visit the site with Windows Internet Explorer 9.

Internet Explorer 9 claims to be the first browser with full hardware acceleration of HTML5, harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU), reallocating much of the graphic processing to the GPU instead of the CPU. By using the GPU, Internet Explorer 9 unlocks the 90 percent of the PC’s power that went previously untapped by Web browsers. Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide beta availability of its new browser, accompanied by more than 70 websites and global brands that created new experiences to show off the capabilities of Windows Internet Explorer 9. Users can download the new Internet Explorer 9 Beta and experience many of these new sites at BeautyoftheWeb.com.

Source: The Associated Press and Microsoft Corp.



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