Microsoft to discuss ‘major overhaul’ of Windows Phone browser soon

By Tom Warren, on 13th Jan 11 5:59 pm with 2 Comments

Microsoft has confirmed it will be talking about updates to its mobile browser “very soon”.

Speaking at the All Things Digital D@CES event during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Dean Hachamovitch, head of Internet Explorer, confirmed that Microsoft will be discussing its mobile browser improvements soon. WMPoweruser notes that During a QnA session one audience member asked Hachamovitch whether Microsoft was planning to bring its desktop browser improvements to Windows Phone 7. Hachamovitch replied: “I think the shortest answer that you can infer from is we will be talking more about our mobile browser very soon and I’ll just Smile, you can infer from that.”

Microsoft has 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.

Microsoft will be present at next month’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Windows Phone 7 is a key part of Microsoft’s long term mobile strategy and we expect the software giant to detail a second bigger update in February at the show. Microsoft’s second update will introduce enhanced developer controls for applications and updated Silverlight components. It’s possible that Microsoft will also talk up its ‘major overhaul’ of Internet Explorer for Windows Phone when it details further updates to the Windows Phone platform at MWC, but we expect this might come later. Microsoft is holding its annual MIX event this year in Las Vegas on April 12-14, and this is a more likely venue for the software giant to share its mobile browser plans.

  • JohnCz

    I suspect IE9 for Windows Phone will get an early mention/demo at MWC followed by some sort of beta at MIX. Exciting to have HTML5 and performance enhancements come to WP.

  • Thomas Coulton

    My guess is with this “major update” I will still have NO way to get my favorites onto my WP7.