Get Ready for a More Beautiful Mobile Web

If you’re a Web developer and want to see what your sites will look like on IE9 Mobile, you can download the Windows Phone developer tools today and try it out for yourself, since we include IE9 Mobile with the default emulator installation.

In fact, we’ve been pretty busy getting ready for the upcoming Mango release too, and we’d like to share some of the work we’ve done with the community in preparation for Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Phone “Mango”.

Introducing the Mobile Test Drive

By now, you’re probably familiar with the Internet Explorer Test Drive – a site where we publish various Web development samples that highlight features and capabilities of Internet Explorer.

Today, we’re launching our Mobile Test Drive. It’s the same idea, but with a mobile twist:

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It’s organized essentially the same way as the original, except laid out to be easily read and used on the mobile form factor. We’ve ported over some of the more popular samples from the full version of the IE Test Drive and have developed a few of our own mobile-specific ones too, including the demos that Joe Belfiore showed at MIX 11 earlier this year. It’s important to note that even though we use the same core rendering engines on both the desktop and mobile versions of IE and adhere to the concept of “same markup” when we produce our samples, we felt that it was worth creating a mobile test drive site to illustrate how we approach some of the key issues that developers face when creating mobile-optimized content: screen sizes, device capabilities, etc.

Just the Beginning

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

We’re really looking forward to hearing your feedback. Grab the emulator, visit the site, test some of your own Web pages, and start trying out the new IE9 for Windows Phone!

Joe Marini (@joemarini)
Principal Program Manager
Internet Explorer – Windows Phone