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BETA: Microsoft Live Labs previews Deepfish Desktop-like Mobile Browser
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 29.03.07 - 10:52:47 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13649x
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Yesterday at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (eTech), Microsoft's Live Labs unveiled a new mobile technology, called Deepfish which is designed to offer mobile users quick and convenient Web browsing that more closely resembles the experience of browsing the Web on desktop computers. 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. Sounds familiar? Yes, indeed it seems to work similar to Bitstream's ThunderHawk solution which is also a client/server combination.

Anyway, with Deepfish Microsoft's Live Labs wants to reach the following goals:

  • A familiar look and feel of web pages on mobile as seen on desktop
  • Bandwidth optimized rendering for faster content delivery
  • Address bar web navigation
  • Intuitive zooming, panning and cue map for quick navigation and browsing
  • Support for simple link navigation and form submission

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

While the Deepfish technology preview was available on a limited basis for public download until tonight, the Deepfish has already reached the maximum of planned downloads and isalready closed to new participants since the initial limit was reached pretty fast (keep in mind, that Deepfish isn't just an application which runs on your Windows Mobile smartphone but also includes a server component).

It's not yet known how Microsoft will continue with the Deepfish technology preview. We might see it released as a stand-alone product, maybe we will see parts of the developed technology in other products later or it might fade away as fast as it appeared. Time will tell.

Anyway, if you wasn't lucky enough to participate in the Beta, there is a video available at Channel 10 which is worth to watch.

Cheers ~ Arne

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