Internet Explorer 9 for Windows Phone 7 shown off at SXSW

The Principal Program Manager for Microsoft’s Web platform on Windows Phone, Joe Marini said on his twitter feed today that he would be showing off Internet Explorer 9 on his Windows Phone 7 device at South by South West.

When Microsoft first announced the release date for the desktop version of Internet Explorer, Microsoft did state that there would be some Internet Explorer related surprises on the way at SxSW.

Rumors surfaced back in February that the upcoming “Mango” update for Windows Phone 7 due late this year would bring with it Internet Explorer Mobile 9.

Currently, Windows Phone users are using IE Mobile, or better known as IE 7 Mobile, with some IE 8 features added into it. If these sources are correct, Microsoft plans on skipping IE 8 mobile entirely and release a mobile IE 9 HTML5-compliant browser and multi-tasking for third party apps with the "Mango" update.

In the meantime, those of you who want to get your hands on the desktop version of Internet Explorer 9 only have a few hours to wait, as you will be able to download the final version of the popular browser at 9 PM PST. Users who have already downloaded the release candidate version of the browser will automatically be updated to the final version, most likely via Windows Update.

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Honestly the omni bar of the chrome browser and its extensions are so far above the rest that they supersede any down sides to using chrome.

c_los said,
Honestly the omni bar of the chrome browser and its extensions are so far above the rest that they supersede any down sides to using chrome.

yeah if only it had the ability to add url suffix's

bdsams said,
If any neowin readers are there, and you see it, let us know what you think!
I was about to ask exactly that!

Not sure what the big deal is, it's just a browser. Thanks for the news though, looking forward to trying it upon release.

م ahmz said,
Not sure what the big deal is, it's just a browser. Thanks for the news though, looking forward to trying it upon release.
It's quite a big deal for web developers - in the mobile space, WebKit has been considered the absolute minimum as of late, with iPhone, Android, WebOS, and now even BlackBerry devices using it. The IE engine on Windows Phone 7 just isn't at that level, and that means that Windows Phone 7 users will often get a "lite" mobile experience, or just a messed up version of what everyone else gets.

م ahmz said,
Not sure what the big deal is, it's just a browser. Thanks for the news though, looking forward to trying it upon release.

Its a phone update for people that have the phone.. It is better then the old one and people like it when things are better. I guess you are content without updates for Android and IOS?

Simon said,
It's quite a big deal for web developers - in the mobile space, WebKit has been considered the absolute minimum as of late, with iPhone, Android, WebOS, and now even BlackBerry devices using it. The IE engine on Windows Phone 7 just isn't at that level, and that means that Windows Phone 7 users will often get a "lite" mobile experience, or just a messed up version of what everyone else gets.

Not only that, but WebKit itself isn't that great for browsing, especially resource heavy sites, or those with HTML5 content. WP7 will be the first with full hardware support.

م ahmz said,
Not sure what the big deal is, it's just a browser. Thanks for the news though, looking forward to trying it upon release.

Um...

Standards like HTML5/CSS3 etc.
Silverlight Web Content (Flash before long, as the Adobe Flash is designed for IE9 on WP7.)
First fully GPU accelerated Browser on a mobile device.

Should be pretty, support everything, and be scary fast...

This makes it rather important for the mobile industry, and significant for Microsoft.

Owen W said,

Not only that, but WebKit itself isn't that great for browsing, especially resource heavy sites, or those with HTML5 content. WP7 will be the first with full hardware support.
I don't find HTML5 on desktop webkit a problem. Or you just mean phone's webkit only?

م ahmz said,
Not sure what the big deal is, it's just a browser. Thanks for the news though, looking forward to trying it upon release.

Just a browser? People live in browsers these days. Most of the time people spent on computers are with browsers. So yes, it IS a big deal.