At the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft unveiled plans to deliver Internet Explorer 9 Mobile as part of the first "significant" operating system update to Windows Phone 7 in calendar 2011. Translation: Microsoft will be providing to its partners the "Mango" update (Windows Phone OS 7.X) with an IE 9-based browser this summer, so they can get it to users by fall/holiday 2011.
Microsoft execs say, having the same core browsing engine on both WP and desktop is a dramatic step forward for our Web developer platform. The IE and Windows Phone team have worked closely to ensure that mobile Web developers can take advantage of the same benefits that IE9 brings to the desktop -- hardware-accelerated HTML5 graphics and video, rich support for today's modern Web standards like CSS3, Geolocation, DOM Storage, SVG, HTML5 Canvas and video, and ECMAScript 5, and the ability to create highly interoperable sites and Web applications using the principle of "same markup".
"We made sure that mobile Web developers can use the must-have mobile technologies they've come to rely on, such as full support for the Viewport tag, data:// URIs, and rich implementation of CSS Media Queries. With IE9 on WP, Web developers will be able to build highly engaging, interoperable Web sites across the mobile and desktop spectrum."
Hachamovitch said, that the official W3C standards-test results should be "very similar" for IE9 on the phone and IE9 on the Windows desktop.
He also said to "expect similar results comparing the security and privacy protections" provided on the phone and the desktop, and pointed to the newly added "DoNotTrack" feature as one example that would be common across the platforms. He cited SmartScreen spam-filtering services as another example of a feature that'll be supported in both IE Mobile 9 and IE9.
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