Microsoft Live Labs releases DeepFish, a true Mobile Browser

Forget Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile, Microsoft has borrowed technology from Sea Dragon, the imaging engine behind Photosynth, and has released a new web browser dubbed DeepFish. The idea behind Deepfish is giving the user the ability to view websites on their mobile phone just as they would view them on a desktop or laptop.

Instead of changing the layout of the web page so that it fits onto the screen, which can make load times slower and majorly hinder the usability in finding content, DeepFish first presents the user with a general page layout of the whole site. From there, the user can use a resizable "zoom box" to zoom in to the page for a closer view. Zooming back out is just as easy. In DeepFish, the forward and back buttons can be used for navigating between the different views of the same page. Thanks to Sea Dragon's multi-resolution view, this can all be done very quickly because DeepFish breaks down the larger web page into tiles which allow zooming. As well, a "queue map" feature speeds up the whole navigation when the user is already zoomed in on a section of the page.

It's free and available right now (but availability is limited) for any Windows Mobile version 5.0 and up device. "The code is actually written to be potentially cross-platform. But because we ship these rapid prototypes in live labs, we're shipping it just for that operating system for now," concluded Alex Daley, Senior Product Manager at Microsoft Live Labs.

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I like where this is heading.. still not everyday useable yet... but it's rather simaler to the demos that you see of the apple iphone which is not a bad thing.... on my axim 51v everything is smooth as silk.... so yeah... good sofar.. still feels very incomplete however

edit: png files are not suppported as far as I can see...

altermind said,
you do relise the technolagy behind this was developed quite a bit before the iphone don't you ?

I've been using Windows Mobile since it was first released I've never seen a web browser for it that could load a whole web page just like the iPhone then let you zoom in on parts of it. Unless I'm missing something? Opera mini and IE mobile are horrible at loading regular none wap sites.

let me clarrify.... I never said there was something like this for mobile devices... this is the first time something like this has actually been as functional on a mobile device.. however.. what led upto this being ported to a mobile has been around for quite a long time.

punker429 said,
Look's like they stole something else from Apple. It works and looks the exact same as Safari on the iPhone. Lameee.
I really doubt MS created this purely in the 2 months since the iPhone was announced.

punker429 said,
Look's like they stole something else from Apple. It works and looks the exact same as Safari on the iPhone. Lameee.

Deepfish on YouTube - December 21, 2006
iPhone launch - January 9, 2007

Making comments without doing your homework. Lameee. =)

NetRyder said,

Deepfish on YouTube - December 21, 2006
iPhone launch - January 9, 2007

Making comments without doing your homework. Lameee. =)

Yeah, this is starting to get old, everytime MS releases something that looks similure to or works in the same way as some apple showed off, they're stealing it from Apple? Last I checked the iPhone isn't even selling yet!

Regardless of who was first, it'll be interesting to see this go head-to-head with iPhone/Safari. However I think the iPhone will win by virtue of its overall interface.

I should also mention... the safari browser in the iphone is far better overall then this.. but this implementation can work in almost anything... case it's only streaming in images at the end of the day >.<

Of course the Browser on the iPhone is better... We know it because we all tested the iPhone...

And can i say that the SeaDragon technology, which is behind this all, is more than a year old? Well now i'm really sure Microsoft has stolen it... Apple steals way more from Microsoft (but usually makes it a little bit better or more fancy)

a console that touts itself as being HD capable should be able to render webpages in their full glory without requiring zooming ect. maybe have a magnifying glass as an option but I dont see why the browser for an xbox would need to built on the basis of being able to zoom in or out.

Smigit said,
a console that touts itself as being HD capable should be able to render webpages in their full glory without requiring zooming ect. maybe have a magnifying glass as an option but I dont see why the browser for an xbox would need to built on the basis of being able to zoom in or out.

It should be obvious, come on. 1) most people do not have an HDTV. 2) You sit on a sofa, several feet away from a television. This is why fonts for in-game menus and whatnot are very large despite high resolution. 3) Input is not as natual with a controller than it is with a mouse, link-jumping and focus rectangles would work good.

Don't you understand? It doesn't matter if fifty other people did something before Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft couldn't possibly have stolen it from anyone but Apple. Because iTheism says so.

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