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IE11 on Windows Phone may support WebGL

imageWebGL is a JavaScript-based library which allows browsers to access the graphics hardware directly. Microsoft has never been a fan of the standard, as it allows data from the internet direct access to the memory and hardware of the PC, presenting a security concern.

Time has moved on however, and the standard has gained momentum, such that even Nokia’s Here maps use it to render their 3D views.

The good news then is that it seems the next version of IE, IE11 as found in the leaked Windows Blue, has hooks for supporting WebGL.

The nascent support was discovered by François Remy, who notes that while WebGL does not work yet, the interfaces are already defined.

IE11 will also pretend to be Firefox, which should help to stop the unwarranted discrimination by developers against the very capable rendering engine in the latest versions.

Any major changes in desktop IE11 are likely also to show up in the next major version of Windows Phone, expected to arrive at the end of this year.

Read more about those impending changes at Favbrowser here.

Thanks Top for the tip.

Quiet hours: A Windows Blue feature which must come to Windows Phone

Quiet Hours Win Blue

Windows Blue has cribbed a lot from Windows Phone, including the new smaller Live Tiles .  Here is a feature from Windows Blue which needs to come to Windows Phone ASAP.

WPCentral reports that one of the newly leaked features from Windows Blue is Quiet Hours, which blocks notifications from buzzing your device between the specified times, be it overnight or during the morning meeting.

The feature would be incredibly useful in Windows Phone, allowing users who sleep with their phone next to their bed (which would be most of us) to have more apps with notifications without worrying about being disturbed at night.

Of course we don’t know what will end up in Windows Phone Blue, but we certainly hope this feature makes the cut.

Asus looking to do a Windows Phone, Windows Padfone

The Wall Street Journal reports that Asustek Computer Inc.  is in talks with Microsoft to license Windows Phone 8, and may use it in their Padfone hybrid phone/ tablet.

“With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8,” said Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products. “There is no target timeline…but we are interested in making Windows phones.”

Like Nokia, part of his goal is to penetrate the US market. He said the company was in talks with US carriers to launch its phones by next year.

The current Padfone  is a 4.7-inch Android phone that docks into a 10.1-inch tablet and sells for NT$19,901 (US$686) in Taiwan. Asus currently sells its phones in 20 countries in Europe and the Asia Pacific.

With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 both running the same kernel on ARM the concept is of course imminently doable, but a better candidate may be the upcoming version of Windows 8 designed for small 7 inch tablets code-named Windows Blue.

A Taipei-based Microsoft spokeswoman declined to comment.

Via The Verge.com