Back in July, Microsoft revealed Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 with bunch of new features. One of the most important feature on the update was the HTML5 video and audio changes and improvements on Internet Explorer 11. Most of the websites, including YouTube didn’t render very well on Windows Phone 8.1. However, the update made it look much better with several new features. If you’re a web developer and want to display videos on full screen, you can use Windows Phone’s FullScreen API. IE11 also comes with improvement on audio and video streaming which allows developers stream videos and audios without using plug-ins Microsoft stated:
“Internet Explorer in Windows Phone 8.1 now provides full support for HTML5 media. Videos can play natively in the browser without plug-ins, and HTML5 media element events, attributes and properties are fully supported as well. Multiple audio elements can play simultaneously on a single page, making it possible to use HTML5 audio with games or interactive Web apps. And video playback works on a 512MB device. This is a mobile browser, after all!”
It also comes with closed captioning of videos just like IE11 on Windows 8.1. Do you think Microsoft should work more to improve IE11’s streaming features? Share your thoughts in the comments below.