Lately I have been talking to a few people about getting Ionic (open source framework for developing hybrid mobile apps with HTML5) running on a Windows Phone and just talking about it has shown me that it's a little bit of a mess working with Windows solutions at the moment because of the convergence of Windows that has slowly been happening since Windows 8 arrived.
There are 2 ways to run Cordova on Windows Phone which have slightly different implications.
1. Windows Phone 8.0 - This solution compiles into a Silverlight project with an embeded webview. A few things to think about when working with this kind of project.
- This will give you greater device support (Runs on Windows Phone 8.0 and above)
- Performance is not as good as below.
- Less debug support within Visual Studio
- Seems to be less reliable with versions of IE depending on OS versions (large difference between IE rendering between WP8.1 and WP8.1-Update1)
- Less device support (only Windows Phone 8.1, apparently that is over 50% of Windows Phone users now)
- Much better performance than above
- 100% support between Windows Store and Windows Phone
- Upgrade path to Windows 10 will be a lot easier