IE10 for Windows Phone 8 will finally be competent in HTML5

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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20 Comments

1. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

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

2. joeymk

Posts: 101; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

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

3. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

4. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

After the radiation accident at Fukushima, Japan, soon.

11. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

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

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

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

5. wp74ver

Posts: 62; Member since: May 10, 2012

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

6. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 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

9. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 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? :-)

19. ghostnexus

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 07, 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

20. Henrik

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 18, 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! ^^

7. iluvtrolling

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

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

10. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I cant take your comment seriously "iluvtrolling"

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It is going to improve, thus so far encouraging

12. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

13. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

15. xperia

Posts: 3; Member since: May 12, 2012

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

16. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 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.

17. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

18. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Try opera mini

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