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Microsoft Previews Deepfish Mobile Browser

New Technology Preview for Windows Mobile 5.0

     
1:18 pm on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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From CNET [news.com.com]:
When users first navigate to a Web site in Deepfish, they see a thumbnail display of the whole page; as a result, it is likely illegible at first. Deepfish handles this with a "zoom box" feature that enables Windows Mobile users to move in on a selected portion of the page.

[labs.live.com...]

Deepfish is a new type of mobile information browsing experience, aimed at preserving the rich layout and full form of documents on mobile devices while providing novel ways of effectively navigating that content on small screens. Deepfish's unique interface enables you to zoom in and out of page, quickly getting to the areas you are interested in without screen length after screen length of scrolling.

MS appears to be feeling the heat from more advanced mobile browsers such as Opera and, like with IE7 on the desktop, is looking to improving the functionality of its mobile browser product to catch up with the competition.

8:02 pm on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone else think the interface is a bit clunky? Navigating a little magnifying box around using a joystick to then have to re-request to see more details seems like a lot of work... especially if you are trying to read an entire page.

Maybe it works better in person than it seems to on the demo...

Anyone try it out yet? I'm always looking for better ways to run my sites from my phone... ;-)

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Does that mean we should no longer worry about designing/adapting for the small real estate?
9:32 am on Mar 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Only if you believe that every mobile browser user will suddenly switch to DeepFish ;)

For what it's worth, as an Opera Mini user I tend to rely on their proxy reformatting sites to fit my phone's screen.