Internet Explorer 9 mobile for Windows Phone demo [video]

By Tom Warren, on 16th Feb 11 8:42 pm with 15 Comments

Microsoft unveiled its plans for Internet Explorer 9 mobile this week.

Internet Explorer 9 will be part of Windows Phone “Mango”, a big platform release due later this year. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled Internet Explorer 9 mobile earlier this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Microsoft says Internet Explorer 9 will offer “a dramatically enhanced mobile Web browser experience.”

Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, and is responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows phones demonstrated IE9 for Windows Phone. Belfiore showed off hardware acceleration of Internet Explorer 9 against Apple’s iPhone 4 (see video below).

Internet Explorer 9 mobile will be identical to Microsoft’s desktop browser according to the company and will allow Windows Phone to take advantage of the latest advances in web technologies, including HTML5. Microsoft is also likely to ship a Silverlight runtime inside of IE9 mobile but the company is refusing to comment until its MIX11 conference in April.

Microsoft previously advertised a job listing for a strong senior engineer that will be working on building the next generation IE platform for the next Windows Phone release. “This will include a major overhaul of standard support and new approaches to make significant advances in performance, power consumption and bandwidth utilization. Your responsibilities include making all these modern web platform features work on the Windows Phone platform,” wrote the software maker in a job listing.

If you missed Microsoft’s keynote earlier this week and would like to see Internet Explorer 9 mobile in action, check out the video below.

  • Anonymous

    now that is a performance difference if i’ve ever seen one :)

    • Dylan Lewis

      Until they show a performance difference that actually matter, What’s the point? Why would I want to watch 50 fish on my iPhone 4?

      And no surprise…a website tailored to run on WP7 hardware and on IE9. I’m sure Apple could cook up a similar contrast in performance if they decided too. I’m a die hard WP7 fan, but this does not impress me…

    • Anonymous

      The website isn’t tailored to anything, its written in HTML5, so it works on any HTML5 browser. It just shows how the gpu acceleration of the ie9 rendering engine makes a large impact on graphical intensive webapps which is sort of the purpose of supporting HTML5 – to be able to do stuff like this. wooosh

    • Anonymous

      Don’t waste your breath. Clearly the guy is a fanboy, and MSFT obviously must have “cooked it all up”. MSFT never does anything good, and Ballmer is obviously the devil. Hardware rendering is a lie.

      Dylan Lewis – does that cover it all?

    • ThePro

      Actually, it is well known that the IE9 fish tests are made for IE9.

      It uses features IE9 has and most other HTML5 browsers don’t

      I would like to see a side-by-side test of with the iPhone and a WP7 phone with IE9

    • ThePro

      Not saying safari will pass it, i’m just saying that IE9 isn’t that amazing as browsers like Chrome and Firefox 4.

      However i do respect them for going HTML5, which is smart, but i just don’t like comparing with tests made for 1 phone. I want to see testing for the real internet :P

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  • Anonymous

    Looks like IE9 for WP7 should be able to play Crysis now.

    • Anonymous

      windows xp/vista/7 runs crysis, not ie9….lol!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for setting me straight… ummm… hrmm….

  • DigitlAtheist

    oh my!

    • Grannyville7989

      Every time I read this comment, it reminds me of Star Trek: Generations :)

  • Daniel Hartshorn

    Wow impressive shame that itll cost be £400 for a pre paid windows 7 phone since i dont realy need contract or i would have one and Yes i agree with byronm and lamerz

    yes microsoft is clearly evil and steve jobs is definitly a recarnation of the devil… get a life apple fanboy what are you doing on this site if u what we brits call bum the iphone, windows 7 is unique while i phone is just repetitive same boaring ios layout and its getting boaring

    good luck Microsoft a decent mobile browser should attract more users to your platform and i seriously hope that the next wave of phones have the new Duel core CPUs from Nvidia as this will make the hardware acceleration even more impressive

    • Daniel Hartshorn

      sorry belt balmer not jobs

    • ThePro

      Nokia phones will be cheaper, just wait a few months :)