Microsoft has been on a high-tide these last few days, with the release of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Whereas the company envisions to bring the two platforms together in future, it has already taken the first step by introducing Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone 8, albeit with a few limitations.
This is the first time that both desktop as well as mobile operating systems of Microsoft are running the same OS i.e. Internet Explorer 10. Naturally, developers are excited that this would allow them to push the limits of their apps and create new apps which can work on both platforms.
However, Microsoft has been quick to point out to the developers that whereas IE 10 on Windows Phone 8 is definitely a huge opportunity for them, it does come with a number of limitations.
For instance, the IE 10 on Windows Phone 8 does not include support for inline video or Multi-track HTML5 audio. More critically, the browser for the mobile platform doesn’t support ActiveX either and has limitations when it comes to Drag-and-Drop APIs.
Nonetheless, there is certainly a lot of space for the developers to explore despite these limitations. Developers can still make use of HTML5 and CSS3 features which are supported across both platforms. These common grounds may allow the developers to create similar apps for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.