Webby Awards get an upgrade, with help from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

webbyThe Webby Awards rolled out a slick new “Winners Gallery + Archive” today, making it easier to peruse the past winners of the awards — including their five-word acceptance speeches — and putting the Webby Awards more on par with the sites they honor.

And who helped to make this possible? Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team, of course.

Yes, several years ago that would have sounded crazy, given Microsoft’s history with web standards, or lack thereof. But Internet Explorer’s progress has put it in a position to work with one of the standard-bearers of quality web design and development.

The site still works across all browsers. Features include a responsive design (resizing to fit a variety of device sizes) and touch support, along with keyboard controls and the ability to search by keyword simply by typing. The site is a partnership of the Webby Awards, Internet Explorer and the Area 17 interactive agency. More background on the project here and in this Microsoft blog post.

Here’s a GIF showing a before-and-after view of the awards site.

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