Microsoft to support same IE9 security, privacy features on phone and desktop

Microsoft to support same IE9 security, privacy features on phone and desktop

Summary: 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. What does it mean, exactly, that Microsoft will have IE9 on a smartphone?

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Microsoft officials unveiled plans to deliver IE9 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.

What does it mean, exactly, that Microsoft will have IE9 on a smartphone? Is this just a slightly updated version of the IE Mobile version that is part of the current generation of Windows Phone 7s (which is actually IE 7 with a few IE 8 features added)?

Microsoft execs say it's a lot more significant than that. Like the desktop IE9, the IE Mobile 9 version will support HTML5. It also will include a number of other pieces of the IE9 desktop browser.

In a February 14 blog post, IE Corporate Vice President Dean Hachomovitch explained that the IE team has been working with the Windows Phone team "over the last few months" to deliver the "same IE9 browsing engine -- the same code, the same standards support, the same hardware acceleration, the same security and privacy protections -- on both platforms.

That means, Hachamovitch said, that the official W3C standards-test results should be "very similar" for IE9 on the phone and IE9 on the Windows desktop. Hachamovitch 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. Hachmovitch cited SmartScreen spam-filtering services as another example of a feature that will be supported in both IE Mobile 9 and IE9.

In addition to promising IE Mobile 9 will be part of Mango, Microsoft execs also said to expect that "major" release to include Twitter integration in the People Hub; support for multitasking of third-party applications; and support for Skydrive documents. The "NoDo" update for the phones, coming in early March, will add CDMA support; cut-and-paste; and various performance enhancements.

One last note: Microsoft execs are expected to share more details about the WP7 platform/futures at the Mix'11 conference in mid-April. The word is Mix might be where we hear about alleged hardware-requirement changes (of interest to OEMs and developers), as well as about developer tool advances for WP7, as this tweet from .Net Platform Corporate VP Scott Guthrie hints:

Topics: Security, Browser, Hardware, Legal, Microsoft, Mobility

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • So, the WP7 user base will be returned to

    "season of the witch," everyone milling around with phones in front of them, oblivious to the world and one another, as was so roundly skewered in Crispin, Porter + Bogusky's Windows Phone 7 advertisements.<br><br>So are all these new features and apps supposed to be radically quicker to use than apps & features on other platforms, so as to validate the earlier advertising message, or was that just a message of convenience, because the only thing WP7 had a the time was the 'tiles' on the front page?<br><br>Come on CP&B, one minute I'm an uncool nerd, poking my fingers at my phone, and then I'm not because I have a phone that doesn't do anything, and now I'm going to be once again. Hard to keep all this straight.
    HollywoodDog
  • Long Term Strategic planning

    It's good to see Windows following a roadmap to integrate the desktop experience with mobile experience. I really like the further integration of the skydrive and live office to the platform. Right now, my company uses Google docs quite frequently but we have been exploring moving over to the sky-drive because of the storage space per user.

    On an individual level, interesting to see how the phone integrates with the Kinect going forward. Kinect video chat has to be on the horizon.
    retnep
  • RE: Microsoft to support same IE9 security, privacy features on phone and desktop

    Damn. All this news makes me want to put off buying a phone now. Luckily my current contract doesn't expire till November, so we'll see what WP looks like then.

    Good stuff though.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • Stop!!!

    ...you're killing me with the Microsoft and Security stuff, I haven't laughed this hard in a long time! You almost sound like you take yourself seriously.
    james347
    • It's clear you don't take yourself seriouslly

      @james347.
      So why did you decide to become ZDnet's Court Jester?

      The way you're allways "wrong" is reminiscent of the early days when Court Jesters would dance around knowingly saying stupid things to make the rest of us in the court laugh.

      We'd give you the title of "Village Idiot", but a certain Google Zealot already has a claim to it, so you'll have to wait until he relinquishes it, but you get points for trying.
      John Zern
      • Why would anyone want your job????

        @John Zern

        You have described your jobs very accurately. You, Rockhead and the others should form a MS troll union.

        Thanks for playing.
        linux for me
      • RE: Microsoft to support same IE9 security, privacy features on phone and desktop

        So are all these new features and apps supposed to be radically quicker to use than apps & features on other platforms.. <a href="http://www.papermoz.com/research-papers/">Research Papers</a>
        <a href="http://www.papermoz.com/term-papers/">Term Papers</a>
        <a href="http://www.papermoz.com/essays/">Essays</a>
        Karston1234
      • RE: Microsoft to support same IE9 security, privacy features on phone and desktop

        thanks... <a href="http://www.papermoz.co.uk/admission-essay/">Admission Essay</a>
        <a href="http://www.papermoz.co.uk/book-reports/">Book Report</a>
        Karston1234
    • RE: Microsoft to support same IE9 security, privacy features on phone and desktop

      @james347

      You're killing me with your nonsensical FUD.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • I see the Windows 8 force playing here slowly !

    I think IE9 in WP7 is part of MS push to merge both WP UI with Windows 7 to comeup and release Windows 8 for next major update for WP. There would be 1 single OS with Metro UI/WP UI as the UI for both Windows 8 / WP8 / Windows Slate / Tablets by Nov '11.
    jinishans
  • Zune HD

    Sadly no IE9 for Zune HD.
    xp-client
  • RE: Microsoft to support same IE9 security, privacy features on phone and desktop

    Not a single WP7 unit was displayed at the exhibition in the United States or Spain.

    I think the WP7 is really dying patient.

    A Super Flop ...

    There are no manufacturers who dare to drop a WP7 phone today.
    Sultansulan
  • RE: Microsoft to support same IE9 security, privacy features on phone and desktop

    IE 9 is awesome! The security with IE 7 and 8, now in 9, make it so much more secure than Firefox! Also, if you combine Windows 7, IE9, and BeyondTrust PowerBroker Desktops, you end up with one amazingly secure and controlled desktop! Many organizations are using PowerBroker, you should also use it to acheive least privilege for your desktops!

    Derek Melber, MVP
    derekmelber
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