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IE10 for Windows Phone 8 will finally be competent in HTML5

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IE10 for Windows Phone 8 will finally be competent in HTML5
If you're a Windows Phone 7 user, there are a lot of things to like about the system, but Internet Explorer is not really one of them. The browser is relatively capable of rendering mobile websites without issue, but it has huge troubles making sense of HTML5. It's often impossible to take advantage of HTML5 functionality in IE like swipe gestures, etc, but it looks like WP8 will fix that. 

If you were to check HTML5Test, IE9 would only get an overall score of 138 (out of 500), which put it just ahead of the stock browser of the Nintendo 3DS, and just behind the Android 2.3 stock browser. However, IE10 in Windows Phone 8 is changing that. IE10 has been getting a bit better since the first test results came out a couple months ago, and now the browser has earned a respectable 300 on the test. Which would put it just ahead of the stock Android 4.0 browser, and just behind Safari on iOS 5.1. 

Of course, respectable is one thing, but even with a score of 300, IE10 doesn't come all that close to the reigning HTML5Test champs. At the top of that list is the new Tizen browser, which has been the first mobile browser to break 400 on the test. Even BlackBerry 10 scored 381, which put it ahead of both Opera Mobile 12, and Chrome Beta, which had been the high standard when it was first released. 

Still, 300 is a respectable score, and should go a long way to having a more modern browser as part of Windows Phone. 

source: HTML5Test via WMPU

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posted on 11 May 2012, 19:30 8

1. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Im pretty sure that´s gonna improve more than that.

posted on 11 May 2012, 19:50 8

2. joeymk (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


It's still in beta. So i'm hoping for score 370+

posted on 11 May 2012, 20:05 1

3. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


i think WP7 is a very balanced OS. Its nice and clean. But the chance of me leaving android is when pigs fly.

posted on 11 May 2012, 21:03 3

4. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


After the radiation accident at Fukushima, Japan, soon.

posted on 12 May 2012, 04:15 1

11. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


If you use the black bird that explodes, you might be able to make the pigs fly :p

posted on 12 May 2012, 09:36

14. roscuthiii (Posts: 1796; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I'm looking more forward to carnivorous winged kangaroos. Beware, they are coming.

posted on 11 May 2012, 21:43 6

5. wp74ver (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 May 2012)


That's just a beta can wait to have it on my white lumia 900 WP best is ever lol .

posted on 11 May 2012, 22:10 4

6. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


same, I was worried that the lumia 900 wouldn't get windows phone 8 so I contacted them and they said it was and they are also providing camera improvements

posted on 12 May 2012, 02:30 1

9. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


What? Give us more details on what they said about the upgradeability to WP8. You got some screenshots or something to back it up? :-)

posted on 26 May 2012, 23:30

19. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


sorry I just saw this now but here you go I saved it just encase somebody asked :Dhttp://i621.photobucket.com/albums/tt298/robomarky/Windows%20Phone%208/Windowsphone8.jpg

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 05:25

20. Henrik (Posts: 141; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


You should read thehttp://wmpoweruser.com/at-least-nokia-care-thinks-the-nokia-lumia-900-is-upgradable-to-windows-phone-8/ article ;-) I gave you some cred there at the bottom for your find when I tipped them! ^^

posted on 11 May 2012, 22:33 3

7. iluvtrolling (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 May 2012)


Android needs to learn to innovate, its always copying like its counterpart Samsung.

posted on 12 May 2012, 03:06 2

10. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I cant take your comment seriously "iluvtrolling"

posted on 12 May 2012, 00:58

8. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


It is going to improve, thus so far encouraging

posted on 12 May 2012, 07:28

12. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


At the moment I couldn't care less in the score on the html5 test, for me the IE9 (and 8 for that matter) on Windows Phone is so much more smoother than on any phone, Android and iOS alike.

posted on 12 May 2012, 08:06

13. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


its smooth yes, but lacks hardware and software.
even ios is better atleast it supports better cpu gpu...

posted on 12 May 2012, 11:46

15. xperia (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 May 2012)


mark my words windows 8 will be super duper flop on destop it is fine on tablets but no way on desktop

posted on 12 May 2012, 12:19

16. isprobi (Posts: 197; Member since: 30 May 2011)


HTML5 support is nice to have. But my biggest issue with IE on Windows Phone is not being able to play videos. When I go to sites like engadget.com I usually find that about 1/3 of the videos cannot be played. And I cannot watch streaming video like the engadget podcast. When I go to sites like abc.com or Amazon Prime it tells me I need Adobe Flash. I watch allot of online videos so this shortcoming keeps me running Android and just using my WP phone sometimes. And the main reason I use the WP phone is the physical camera button and 16 MP camera on the HTC Titan 2 not because of the OS. In my opinion Windows Phone OS is still only half done compared to Android. It does seem to have much better battery life though.

posted on 12 May 2012, 22:10

17. -box- (Posts: 3786; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Personally, IE9 on my Lumia 900 is the best mobile browser I've ever used. IE10 can only improve it.

posted on 13 May 2012, 17:58

18. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Try opera mini

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