Microsoft unveils Deepfish

Microsoft Deepfish

If using Pocket Internet Explorer on sites not optimized for mobile devices leaves you wanting, you will be happy to know that Microsoft is working on enhancing that experience with a new technology called Deepfish. Deepfish is a lightweight client application that leverages a powerful server side technology for delivery of content such as web pages to a Windows Mobile device. Content is displayed in a familiar desktop format that requires no additional work by the content or site author.

It is very similar to the way Safari works on the iPhone in that it lets you zoom on the section of the site that you are focused on. Using a preview of the whole page, you decide where to zoom (by tapping that area).

Keep in mind that this is only still a work in progress. As a technology preview, Deepfish is early in its development cycle (still a few releases from beta quality). As a result some features are not implemented or are only partially implemented. Currently, the technology preview does not support ActiveX controls, AJAX, cookies, Javascript, and HTTP POST.

Microsoft offered limited enrollment to test Deepfish but it’s already closed. You can still sign up to get an email in case they decide to provide additional installations.

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