Last.fm Teams Up with Microsoft to Release HTML5 Based Discover App

Popular music streaming service Last.fm has partnered with Microsoft to develop an HTML 5 website which allows users to stream music from their web browser.

The platform, called Last.fm Discover, is essentially a website which transforms into a web app when visited from a HTML 5 enabled web browser.

Last.fm Discover allows users to discover new music using tags, which are practically available for every genre of music imaginable. The service allows users to not only discover new or established artists but is also a hub for emerging, unsigned talent.

Naturally, as the website has been developed in collaboration with Microsoft's Windows Internet Explorer team, it works better on IE9 than any other browser. The website feels more like a native Windows application when accessed from IE9 and users can even pin it on their taskbar.

"Music discovery and exploration is at the core of everything we do at Last.fm and this launch speaks completely to that. By working with the Microsoft innovation team and the IE9 team, we're able to bring a huge library of independent music to new audiences," Matthew Hawn, product vice president at Last.fm reports MSN Tech & Gadgets.

"We want people to discover, listen and share new music and Last.fm Discover gives a new and engaging way of doing just that," he added.

Apart from discovering new and emerging bands, the website also lets users create mini mixes comprising of the songs they have discovered and share them with their friends on Facebook and Twitter.