Microsoft announces HTML5ready IE10 for Windows Phone 8

first_imgMicrosoft has been routinely accused by their competitors of being a web technologies laggard. In fact Google had resorted to using the phrase “the modern web” to describe browsers that weren’t Internet Explorer. As a response, Microsoft has started flexing its HTML5 muscles with Windows 8 and IE10. There’s been no shortage of demonstrations throughout both the new OS and the new browser to help developers take advantage of the new technologies. Now, with Windows Phone 8 on the horizon, Microsoft is demonstrating how powerful HTML5 will be on IE10 for their new mobile platform.Hardware accelerated browsers allow for a mobile browsing experience that closely resembles what we see on desktop platforms. Acceleration removes the need to create a low quality mobile version of a website, and instead paves the way for a single, high quality, scalable experience that works on every size screen. IE10’s CSS3 support will allow for the same kind of animations and 3D effects used on desktop browsers to be fully functional on Windows Phone 8. Coupled with support for TypeKit and the Web Open Font Format, websites can be built in a single font that scales across the different browsers easily. IE10 CSS3 support also means that developers can design sites that re-position content on the fly as you zoom in and out of the website. The idea is that text won’t be static, but instead be allowed to cater to a variety of sizes.As with every current mobile browser, you won’t have access to all the tools found in the desktop variety. Windows 8 native integration features, like the ability to touch a link and open an app built to handle that link, isn’t available. Windows Phone 8 has their own mobile intent launching system, however, so this could be avoided if the web developer is able to identify the OS when the page loads and offer a mobile-friendly version of the link that engages the same function. IE10 for Windows Phone 8 doesn’t support multi-track HTML5 audio or inline video, and some obvious things like VBScript and ActiveX aren’t supported either.On paper, IE10 for Windows Phone seems like it will be well suited to compete with the other mobile browsers out today, though lacking inline video will be a noticeable flaw for some. IE10 has been a huge upgrade for many users in terms of Microsoft offering a functional and competitive browser, while slowly moving away from the negative tone that Internet Explorer has had for such a long time. It is nice to see Microsoft taking Windows Phone 8’s browser seriously and not just labeling a low quality browser as Internet Explorer in order to create a thin veil of ubiquity.via the Windows Phone Developer Bloglast_img read more