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Internet Explorer 10 Asset to Windows Phone 8

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November 20, 2012

Internet Explorer 10 Asset to Windows Phone 8

By Brittany Walters-Bearden, TMCnet Contributor

The Internet Explorer 10 Web browser is making the Windows phone a much better experience for new users. Microsoft Windows Phone (News - Alert) 8 is having more success with a better HTML5 support than previous Window phones. WebKit developers are not always designing sites that are friendly to all Web browsers and are writing code that can only be used on WebKit exclusive sites. Microsoft (News - Alert) has now published a guide to help make the WebKit sites adaptable through Internet Explorer 10.

Most commonly, developers use a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS (News - Alert)) that use prefixes that are friendly to all Web browsers. But if a site is designed specifically for WebKit, the new guide from Microsoft will help make the site more visible on Internet Explorer 10.

Many of the newer sites are writing the websites to be visible and functional within Google Chrome, Safari, and Safari Mobile Web browsers. Since this has become more common, Microsoft, Mozilla (News - Alert), and Opera are also planning on adding support to makes these WebKit sites more usable on their Web browsers.

The Web browser Opera has added support on its desktop browser and mobile browser to use –webkit prefix sites. The other Web browsers, Mozilla and Microsoft, may have to follow suit so that they do not lose users due to looking like an inferior browser when compared to Chrome and Safari. WebKit designed sites currently have over 40 percent of the market share on Web browser layouts.

The current WebKit was developed from a code that combined KDE, an international free software community, HTML layout engine KHTML and KDE’s Javascript engine in 1998. Three years later, Don Melton at Apple (News - Alert) would start development of the project that would eventually become the Safari Web browser.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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