WP7's IE9 implementation shown off on video

We've all seen the press around Microsofts newest weapon in the browser war -- Internet Explorer 9 -- but we haven’t heard (or seen) a lot regarding its mobile counterpart. Luckily for us, the guys over at The Next Web (via pocketnow.com) have managed to sneak a peak at the upcoming browser in action on Windows Phone 7, and they have good things to say about it (see the YouTube video at the bottom of this article).

We understand that the updated browser will be delivered with or before a major set of updates codenamed “Mango”. The browser includes HTML5 support, has a new look with the address bar located at the bottom of the screen, and is said to perform faster than the browser on iOS – although by the time IE9 actually hits WP7, things may have changed dramatically. Like its desktop counterpart, IE9 for WP7 will benefit from hardware acceleration. The browser should also include features like sharing to Twitter – as Twitter is scheduled to be integrated into WP7 at around the same time.

Many WP7 users are currently looking forward to the first minor WP7 update, codenamed "NoDo". Whilst this update has suffered significant delays, it's due to arrive sometime this week to handsets across the globe. "NoDo" brings copy & paste, significant performance enhancements, and improved Marketplace search to the platform.

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I wonder if they would release IE9 for the Iphone?? It would be interesting to see because they could make you use bing if you use IE9 which could give them a nice bump although it would not be exclusive to WP7 only.

Lachlan said,
I wonder if they would release IE9 for the Iphone?? It would be interesting to see because they could make you use bing if you use IE9 which could give them a nice bump although it would not be exclusive to WP7 only.

Apple tends to have some twitches with other browsers on the iPhone. Also would depend on how much of the WinCE7 video technology the IE9 mobile is using, as some of the graphical features that exist in WinCE7 are not available on the iPhone.

Lachlan said,
I wonder if they would release IE9 for the Iphone?? It would be interesting to see because they could make you use bing if you use IE9 which could give them a nice bump although it would not be exclusive to WP7 only.

Apple only allow webkit browsers that use safari for the rendering. Opera only got in because the rendering is done on operas servers. Would be nice but its not happening

ccoltmanm said,
It would be better if we could select where we want to put the address bar.

true.. it is nice to see them trying out new things tho and taking chances with the UI.

interesting address bar location. don't know if people would really like that kinda stuff.
other than that, nothing special. kinda slow scrolling through those IMDB clips

Quick Shot said,
interesting address bar location. don't know if people would really like that kinda stuff.
other than that, nothing special. kinda slow scrolling through those IMDB clips

Kinda makes sense for one handed usage, now you won't have to reach with your thumb to get the address bar. I hope that they take the refresh button and put it back into the address bar like it is now, and then have the tab button in place of this demo's refresh button

Sraf said,

Kinda makes sense for one handed usage, now you won't have to reach with your thumb to get the address bar. I hope that they take the refresh button and put it back into the address bar like it is now, and then have the tab button in place of this demo's refresh button

didn't think about it that way. i guess you're right

Hopefully it renders pages properly, the current one enlarges some fonts which is OK but it gets a bit annoying on pages with a lot of links so they are blown up in size and take up a lot of the page.

Gaffney said,
Hopefully it renders pages properly, the current one enlarges some fonts which is OK but it gets a bit annoying on pages with a lot of links so they are blown up in size and take up a lot of the page.

It's just a good feature gone wrong... although I do like it.

rfirth said,

It's just a good feature gone wrong... although I do like it.

Agreed. It just needs some refinement. It's a sound concept.

Owen W said,
Why in the hell did they move it to the bottom? :-/

Because its better there. I was wondering why Apple didnt put it there on the iPad.

BoyBoppins said,

Because its better there. I was wondering why Apple didnt put it there on the iPad.

I love it at the bottom to be honest. No more needing to "reach" for it at the top if you hvae a 4 or 4.3" screen. An auto-hide of the address bar; say after 5-10 seconds of using it would also be nice.

Left<->Right scrolling between tabs, using two fingers would also be a nice feature.

BoyBoppins said,

Because its better there. I was wondering why Apple didnt put it there on the iPad.

by better do you mean worse?

BoyBoppins said,

Because its better there. I was wondering why Apple didnt put it there on the iPad.

If it hid itself I would agree, but it dosent so its just another element thats in the way.

BoyBoppins said,

Because its better there. I was wondering why Apple didnt put it there on the iPad.
Actually, it isn't better at the bottom. Keeping the address bar at the bottom cuts of the page you are viewing. And because of this, scrolling becomes difficult. Apple didn't put it there because of the same reason; it does not feel intuitive to have it at the bottom.


Besides, IE9 is making people relearn the Browser UI design which no other phone or desktop browser has ever followed. I would have preferred an option for this for people like you, but it really does belong at the top by default.

Owen W said,
Why in the hell did they move it to the bottom? :-/

i like it.. makes more room for viewing.. would be nice if they added the 3 buttons beside the address bar though..

Jebadiah said,
Actually, it isn't better at the bottom. Keeping the address bar at the bottom cuts of the page you are viewing. And because of this, scrolling becomes difficult. Apple didn't put it there because of the same reason; it does not feel intuitive to have it at the bottom.


Besides, IE9 is making people relearn the Browser UI design which no other phone or desktop browser has ever followed. I would have preferred an option for this for people like you, but it really does belong at the top by default.

Um its called auto-hiding the address bar?

Why would you need to see the address bar when you're viewing a page?

Jebadiah said,
...it does not feel intuitive to have it at the bottom.

Maybe that is just because we are used to have the address bar at the top for years. But that doesn't mean it is better.

Jebadiah said,
Actually, it isn't better at the bottom. Keeping the address bar at the bottom cuts of the page you are viewing. And because of this, scrolling becomes difficult. Apple didn't put it there because of the same reason; it does not feel intuitive to have it at the bottom.

IE Mobile in WP7 already has a bar at the bottom (where the favorite and tabs button is currently), and that doesn't obstruct scrolling or viewing in any way. At the moment, IE Mobile in WP7 has a bar up the top (the address bar) and one at the bottom (the favorite and tabs buttons). By integrating the bar into one, it actually does save some valuable screen estate.

BoyBoppins said,

Because its better there. I was wondering why Apple didnt put it there on the iPad.

No one else does it that way for a reason, it looks awful.

thealexweb said,

No one else does it that way for a reason, it looks awful.

I think it looks fine, I like the bigger refresh/stop button that's easier to hit and having it at the bottom is easier to work with when you're using one hand.

dodgetigger said,

Maybe that is just because we are used to have the address bar at the top for years. But that doesn't mean it is better.

Exactly. Some people just don't like change... From a usability standpoint it's much better at the bottom.

GP007 said,

I think it looks fine, I like the bigger refresh/stop button that's easier to hit and having it at the bottom is easier to work with when you're using one hand.


I think that instead of 'refresh button' they should have had 'back button' which is the most commonly used feature on a browser.

FMH said,

I think that instead of 'refresh button' they should have had 'back button' which is the most commonly used feature on a browser.

But the phones have a back button, in the browser it works the same till you make it all the way back to the start and then it finally takes you to your last app. The only button I can think of that would be more useful would be one for the tabs. As it stands now you have to bring up the menu and then click tabs.

probably because not many people have 4-inch thumbs.....

the First Else's UI looks the best one for one-thumb-operation....

norseman said,

I love it at the bottom to be honest. No more needing to "reach" for it at the top if you hvae a 4 or 4.3" screen. An auto-hide of the address bar; say after 5-10 seconds of using it would also be nice.

Left<->Right scrolling between tabs, using two fingers would also be a nice feature.

I agree. I don't really like having to reach to the to for it.

Lachlan said,

i like it.. makes more room for viewing...

How exactly does moving the buttons down give you a bigger view area instead of leaving them just on top?

.Neo said,

How exactly does moving the buttons down give you a bigger view area instead of leaving them just on top?

Because IE on WP7 has 2 bars. One on the top for the address bar and one on the bottom. Moving the address bar down to the bottom leaves only 1 bar.

Owen W said,
Why in the hell did they move it to the bottom? :-/

Did u ever use Nokia's Symbian phone? They have the address bar bottom. From my experience I can say it's easy for reaching with your thumb.

/- Razorfold said,

Because IE on WP7 has 2 bars. One on the top for the address bar and one on the bottom. Moving the address bar down to the bottom leaves only 1 bar.

They could have placed everything on top as well using the same amount of space right?

.Neo said,

They could have placed everything on top as well using the same amount of space right?

Well sure they can do that too, but what I mentioned before is probably what Lachlan was talking about.

Jebadiah said,
Actually, it isn't better at the bottom. Keeping the address bar at the bottom cuts of the page you are viewing. And because of this, scrolling becomes difficult. Apple didn't put it there because of the same reason; it does not feel intuitive to have it at the bottom.


Besides, IE9 is making people relearn the Browser UI design which no other phone or desktop browser has ever followed. I would have preferred an option for this for people like you, but it really does belong at the top by default.

Actually at top or bottom it takes up the same amount of space. I dont understand the difference. Enlighten us. if the bar disappears it si really the same..right?