Microsoft Creates Its Own Version Of RoboHornet

By | September 27, 2012

Microsoft Creates Its Own Version Of RoboHornetCalls it RoboHornet Pro.

After topping the search giant’s benchmark chart, Microsoft was quick to note that while they are happy with the result, RoboHornet does not actually represent a real word browser usage, instead, it focuses in a specific aspects of browser performance.

Therefore, the software giant has decided to take the existing code and add CSS3 Animations, CSS3 Transforms, CSS3 Text Shadows, custom WOFF fonts, Unicode, Touch and other, “real world” aspects, resulting in a Matrix like looking benchmark, which can be seen in the video below:

In case you’d like to run it for yourself, RoboHornet Pro can be found on the IE Test Drive site.

[Thanks, user]

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  1. apád anyád says:

    1st thought: browser-wars are reaching their end time, to give it’s place for the new big thing, what will soon turn out to be a benchmark-developing war.

    2nd thought: why the f*ck did Google release Octane in the first place (what was a huge pile of * in the first place), if they have been working on this for months.

    3rd thought:
    IE dev #1 “They will hammer us down 3 releases later in this test too… What should we do?”
    IE dev #2 “Should we make IE a bit more better?”
    IE dev #1 “Why not twisting it to fit our only strength, HWA?” *
    IE dev #2 “Damn, you are a genius!”

    * footnote: I am not sure if CSS animations can be GPU accelerated or not

  2. IE User says:

    IE rocks.. Way to go Microsoft. IE is my default browser. Waiting for the release!!

  3. SirElroyDaxter says:

    Internet Explorer has never ever come first in a test, so this is quite funny. A majority of the browsers on this planet (Inter Explorer), do not pass any test. They failed all the Acid tests. There is not a single web-developer who isn’t disgusted, daily by having to deal with Internet Explorer’s lack of standards.
    It all does not matter that Internet Explorer 10 can handle Robohornet pro better.. Chrome and Firefox will become better and then that problem is solved. It’s just some minor tweaks.

    With the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 10 we will have to face the same problems all over: We still need to keep in mind that a lot of users will be using OLD Microsoft software, like IE9 and lower.

    I’m sick of Microsoft being the browser market leader. A leader should lead by example, not by pushing their browsers into corporate systems in a way that nobody is able to update their software. This sucks. I live in a time that WebGL and HTML5 flourish. Microsoft should focus on developers!

    I want Microsoft to invest in the future by offering large corporations, governments, schools and universities free technicians and network operators that will update all of their infrastructure. If they do this, then they could be ready by 2015 and the result will be that all Internet Explorer users will have AT LEAST version 10 installed AND native WebGL!

    Then humanity will no longer be held back, so it can fully experience immersive high quality and very smart designs and tools on the web. It would be a revelation and a revolution. It’s up to you.