Mobile browser based on Microsoft tech makes its beta debut

Mobile browser based on Microsoft tech makes its beta debut

Summary: Zumobi -- a startup formerly known as ZenZui, which is headed by of a number of former Microsoft employees -- released on December 14 a beta of its Zooming User Interface and mobile-widget platform.

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Zumobi, a mobile browser based on technology developed by Microsoft Research, is now available in beta form.

Mobile browser based on Microsoft tech makes its beta debutZumobi -- a startup formerly known as ZenZui, which is headed by of a number of former Microsoft employees -- released on December 14 a beta of its Zooming User Interface and mobile-widget platform. Zumobi's product is based on mobile-browsing technology developed by Microsoft Research and licensed to the company from Microsoft's IP Ventures unit.

(IP Ventures licenses Microsoft-developed technologies to other companies so that they can commercialize them. Skinkers, Wallop and other companies have built products on top of Microsoft-developed IP via this program.)

Zumobi is working with a variety of partners, ranging from Amazon.com, to MTV Networks, who are developing widgets, or "Tiles," with which consumers can access on their mobile phones and other devices.  The Zumobi interface does not allow users to browse the entire Web; it lets them browse via the tiles only.

The Zumobi interface works on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices, the iPhone, Blackberry and other mobile platforms. The Zumobi beta is currently for U.S.-based customers only and can be downloaded from Zumobi's site.

Topics: Mobility, Browser, Microsoft

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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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  • Whatever, where the heck is DeepFish?!?

    I don't want to surf the world wide banner ad!

    At least the name isn't terrible, like "Microsoft Live Tile Browser Professional for Mobile Devices 2008R2"...... then again it is a beta.

    -sigh-
    JoeMama_z
    • It's off of MS Research, not an MS product

      Microsoft has nothing to do with Zumobi, besides provide some of technical structure.

      So of course, the naming convention won't be what MS has done in the past.

      And I think MS has actually gotten to the century, and know that long names are stupid. So the old MS long name products jokes are kind of stale.

      I too want to see DeepFish. Maybe it will be integrated into the new mobile IE in Photon.
      quikboy
      • You are too kind....

        I want deepfish now, when photon comes out in 09, deepfish will be dated and crappy.

        as far as naming conventions go, they are still in the stone ages. Microsoft seems to be a company with a lot of talent, but no common objective.
        JoeMama_z
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