Microsoft details the key differences between Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8

Microsoft details the key differences between Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8

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Today Microsoft detailed the differences between its Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) browser product on two of its key platforms: Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8. As both platforms share a core, IE10 is quite similar on both, with certain “minor differences” to use Microsoft’s language.

The most important exclusions for IE10 on the Windows Phone 8 platform when compared to Windows 8 are a lack of “Inline video” support, no ActiveX or VBScript support, no multi-track HTML5 audio, and no use of  file access APIs, or “drag-and-drop” APIs. If that sounds like a relatively minor list, it is. Actually, there is one more difference that is worth noting here:

Also in Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone, does not return a valid window object. This is because on the phone each “window” is isolated in its own sandbox.

And, given the inherent differences between the mobile and desktop use cases, I suspect that those exclusions won’t irk as much as you might expect; dragging and dropping, for example, on a smartphone, is almost nonsensical, making its exclusion a non-issue.

For the full list from Microsoft, head here.

Don’t forget, Microsoft is to release a version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 later this month. When that drops, we’ll bring it to you.

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