SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has detailed the differences between its Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) web browser for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ahead of the release of the mobile operating system (OS) in the US today.
Writing in a post on its developer blog on Thursday, Microsoft's principal programme manager lead Charles Morris said that though both versions share many similar features, the IE 10 web browser is not identical on both mobile and PC systems.
Visually, the browser handles effects such as 3D transforms, shadows for both text and boxes in websites and support for more fonts. The hardware accelerated rendering function also allows transitions and animations to run independently of the main browser thread for better performance.
"By popular demand we now have full support for Web Open Font Format (WOFF) on Windows Phone. Better yet, our friends from Typekit, who provide a super popular library to add cool fonts to any website, announced official support for Windows Phone 8," Morris said.
However, the IE 10 browser on Windows Phone 8 does not support everything that IE 10 does on the PC based Windows 8 OS, such as support for inline video, multi-track HTML5 audio and drag-and-drop APIs.
The mobile version also doesn't support a number of Windows 8 specific IE 10 features such as pinned website icons, linked previews and a way to connect websites to apps.
Bringing IE 10 to web and app developers as part of Windows Phone 8, Morris said, "Now that the software development kit (SDK) is available, it is a great time for you to use the included emulator to test your [web]sites directly on Windows Phone 8." µ
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