Microsoft to bring back missing IE9 Mobile feature…after Mango

Nope, the tabs switching page is still a pain to get to in Mango. What Microsoft is supposedly planning to bring back in a post-Mango update is the Find on Page feature that was was stripped from the OS with the Mango update. Exciting right? Well not to me. I want the old tabs icon back and also the ability to navigate forward (yep, did you realize that it was gone too?).

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Why is Microsoft blocking ads in the Windows Phone 7 browser ?

Here’s something that I haven’t seen discussed yet but that’s been bothering me for a while now. Some of you may have noticed that since the Nodo update (or even the pre-NoDo patch) ads embedded in most websites are no longer displayed in the IE Mobile browser (I mentioned this in the Mango Preview). I first thought that there was probably a bug somewhere or that my device was stuck displaying the “Mobile Version” of the sites (in WP7 RTM selecting mobile version displays desktop webpages without the ads) but this finally wasn’t the case. This may not seem like a big problem but people have to remember that the vast majority of the websites on the net exists thanks to the ads displayed on their pages and this is why I’m wondering why Microsoft decided to suddenly force ad-blocking on Windows Phone 7 without telling anybody about it.
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HTML5 Performance: iOS5 vs Mango

Don’t you love meaningless comparisons? So the buzz earlier today was that, Oh My God, Apple has improved HTML5 rendering in Safari in iOS5 Beta apparently making it faster than the Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta (notice “Beta” word?). Amazing, right ? Who would have thought that Apple would improve it’s product ? (/sarcasm) Well, The Next Web decided to actually do some testing with a Samsung Focus pre-loaded with Mango (thanks again Microsoft) running the Seed reading test of the IE9 Mobile Test Drive site and found out that…it’s not entirely true…

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Microsoft launches IE9 Mobile Test drive site for Windows Phone 7 Mango

Microsoft has just launched the mobile version of the IE9 Test Drive site specifically tailored to test and benchmark the new HTML5 / CSS capabilities of the new browser included in the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Mango update:

Over the coming months leading up to the release of Windows Phone “Mango” and beyond, we will be adding new samples to the Mobile Test Drive for you to try out, and will announce them here on the blog when we do.

To kick things off, the first 15 samples available on the Mobile Test Drive will be:

Audio Player (from MIX11)
Geolocation
Border Radius
DOM Local Storage
Scalable Vector Graphics
CSS3 Media Queries
DOMContentLoaded
FishIE Tank
Speed Reading (from MIX11)
Animated Text
HamsterDance Revolution
Business Charts
IE Logo
Video Panorama
Browser Control Theming

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Blurry video of Internet Explorer 9 Mobile for Windows Phone 7 in action

Wondering how IE9 Mobile on windows Phone 7 looks like? Well, it hasn’t changed since we first saw it unveiled at Mobile World Congress last months. Below is a video of Joe Marini who was showing it to the public at SXSW last week. There’s isn’t much to see that we haven’t already seen before (and the video is totally out of focus). IE9 Mobile is still scheduled to be released as part of the Mango update coming out later this year. Video after the break (and keep in mind that the UI you see is not finalized yet):

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Internet Explorer 9 launching today. IE9 Mobile to probably be shown again

I would like to remind you that the final version of Internet Explorer 9 is officially launching later today and that Microsoft is going to have a dedicated launch event in Austin Texas during SXSW which you can watch live here. Lot’s of members of the Windows Phone 7 team are also present there and if you are lucky enough you’ll even be able to see the IE9 Mobile (part of Mango) run on an actual device. Joe Marini , Principal Program Manager at Microsoft for the Web platform on Windows Phone, is running around with a Mango powered Windows Phone 7 handset:

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Windows Phone 7 IE9 Mobile video demonstrations

Here are several videos from MWC showing Windows Phone 7′s IE9Mobile and HTML5 in action. The first one is a video of Joe Belifore demonstrating the same thing he showed on trage during the opening Keynote but with a working network connection so you will get to see the HTC 7 Trophy device streaming .mp4 video form the IMDB Panorama showcase website. But there’s catch..contrary to what Joe is claiming the video being streamed to the handset is NOT in HD. It’s in 848×480 and you can grab the file directly from here to check it out yourself. update: Just to be clear: Like I said in my Windows Phone 7 review, the current WP7 devices can playback 720P MP4 videos (similar to YouTube’s 720P content) without problem but it’s not “supported” by the OS and in the case of Joe’s demo it was was just a poorly compressed FWVGA video.

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More info on IE9 Mobile for Windows Phone 7

The IE Mobile team has just posted some more info on the recently announced Internet Explorer 9 version for Windows Phone 7 which is scheduled to be launched in the second half of the year as part of the Mango update. This definitely something I would have betted on given Microsoft history so I’m really happy to have been proven wrong in this case. Check the whole thing after the break:

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Multi-Tasking and IE 9 Mobile and Twitter integration, Kinect interaction coming to Windows Phone 7 in second half of 2011

That’s right folsk! Steve Ballmer has just announced during his MWC eynote that full Multi-Tasking , IE9 Mobile with full Hardware acceleration and Twitter integration are coming to Windows Phone 7 in the Second half of 2011. That’s Mango for you! Stay tuned fro more… The Office hub is also being updated Hit the break for the full feature’s description:

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