Get Ready for a More Beautiful Mobile Web

Get Ready for a More Beautiful Mobile Web

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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:


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

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  • Yeah, not in Mango, so we're stuck with the grey color for now. We're gathering requests like that for the next release.

  • Bolovan
    2 Posts

    @joemarini  I hope @font-face makes it. Anyway, I love my WP :-). I tested the emulator and It looks like a great browser. Good job so far!

    Will it be possible to change the tap color in CSS? (looks like it's set to grey in the emulator)

  • I think you mean touch events? Not in Mango, but we will definitely have plans for them in a future release.

  • @markrendle: soon, my friend. soon. :-)

  • @Bolovan: We're looking at things like @font-face, there are some challenges we first need to address, including things like performance and security. We don't have a lot of time left in the Mango dev cycle, so not everything will make it in.

  • @Xplorer7: Good questions, I don't know all the answers though (most of those are app-related). There are plenty of places you can suggest features - here on the blog, on the Windows Phone forums, at our Connect site, etc.

  • That's awesome. Be even more awesome if we could try it out on our actual devices, though!

  • Hi, I want to know if IE9 or IE10 for Windows Phone will accept drag and drop events so we can use apps like Google Maps and others that are not working the same way?

  • Slaave
    2 Posts

    @delta7 Yes,I didn't pose any questions in my post. How very observant of you.  I was simply stating how I think its funny that they chose the exact same wording for the title of the post as the name of my blog. If You think I must ask questions before I'm possitivly adding to the conversation here I'll mention some I've brought up on my blog.

    1) Will the Mango update fix Video A2DP Playback or will we still be forced to resort to wired headsets when out and about instead of using my Motorola S10-HD's

    2) I know that apps now will have access to adding information to various hubs (EG Music, Pictures,etc) Will there be an option to block specific apps from doing so while allowing others?

    3) I'm aware Microsoft is pairing with Chevron for an official app-sideloader but no information has been released as to how annual phone OS updates going forwards will apply to said unlocked phones?

    Am I contributing yet?

  • delta7
    2 Posts

    Good for you, slaave. Seriously, guys like you adding nothing serious to the conversation are the reason why real questions are not answered by Microsoft.

  • Slaave
    2 Posts

    Lmao I have been following WP7 and W8 for awhile and even running a blog about it and it seems like a subtle hats off to me at the moment as my Blogs name is "Windows Mobile Test Drive" and has beena round since winmo6.5 what are the odds of that?!  Link below if you don't believe me XD !

  • I just hope the phone would have File Explorer and USB Mass Storage enabled. It will make File Transferring of Documents (powerpoints, word, PDFs, etc) easier and can be viewed easily using the Office 2010 mobile.. will this be available in the succeeding updates?

  • delta7
    2 Posts

    I second Bolovan's request. It's the only thing that really bugs me as a webdesigner in terms of Windows Phone 7. I want to buy a WP7 in order to test a website, but if Arial pops up instead ... Guys, it's 2011, please consider this as well!

  • Bolovan
    2 Posts

    What about @font-face? Will font embedding be available in IE9 for Mango? I for one sure hope it will. Please consider it!

  • I should think it would be doable.  I enabled the registry hack on my Focus that turns on 32bit color.  I noticed no performance or battery hit except for once in a great while if an odd app causes a reboot I might see an all orange screen (instead of the the orange screen with the AT&T logo on it) and have to force a reboot to go back to normal.  Rare event.  I do love how much more crisp everything is, visually.

  • Thom
    31 Posts

    When Mango is released this will be a great way to show off to friends with iPhones & Androids :)

  • We want 32 bits color everywhere.

    Can the Mango do it?  

    Windows Phone 7392

    1. Lite tiles is 16 bits

    2. lockscreen is 16 bits

    3. IE7 is 16 bits

    4. All apps icons is 16 bits

    5. XNA apps can be set to 32 bits

    6. Silverlight apps are 16 bits

    7. Display pictures is 32 bits, but the background of picture hub is 16 bits

    I just know silverlight app can be set to 32 bits on Windows Phone Mango.

    But the other?

  • Why is the IE9 for Windows Phone Mango EMU still 16bits color?

    The Windows Phone Mango OS for Device is the same?

  • Nice :)

    Just tried the IE Logo Graphic Demo with my Nodo Windows Phone. Looks a bit like a Metro style IE Logo :D

    And I have a few questions on Mango:

    Do we get a working alarm, when the phone is switched off? That would be a feature many people would appreciate.

    And will Flickr also be integrated? Or can devs even build apps that integrate with the phone(like Facebook, Twitter, etc)?

    And is there a place, where I can suggest features for Windows Phone?