Microsoft and ESPN make vital World Cup info pretty to look at

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, Microsoft is now the latest brand to show how it plans to get in on the tournament's hype. Through a partnership between its Internet Explorer team and ESPN, both parties have teamed up to launch ESPN FC World Cup Essentials. By combining 3D graphics and detailed information pages, this new site aims to do more than just keep you well informed -- it wants to do so in a beautiful and very interactive way. World Cup Essentials, which is part of the recent redesign to ESPN FC, will let you easily browse news and scores coming out of Brazil, and narrow them down by team or specific match. To complement this, there are visuals that make the experience a little more enjoyable; swiping from country to country under "Teams" instantly brings up artwork for key players, among other things.

What's more, you can peruse notable headlines and other interesting details from past World Cups, going all the way back to the very first one in Uruguay (1930). While Microsoft says the website is "perfect for touch on Internet Explorer 11," ESPN FC World Cup Essentials works with pretty much any browser, both on desktop and mobile devices.