Windows Phone 8 (Apollo): Internet Explorer 10 Plausible Features

By | February 13, 2012 | 4 Comments


Windows Phone 8 (Apollo): Internet Explorer 10 Plausible Features

Speculation at its finest.

There is one thing that Microsoft has proven to be the case with the Windows Phone OS and that is: listening to user’s feedback.

Although only a minority of the upcoming Internet Explorer 10 features have been leaked to the web, Microsoft’s created feature suggestion site for WP might shed some light on what’s to come.

Below we have listed of 10 most popular requests in the “Web Browsing” category.

4,498 votes – Internet Explorer’s tabs button should be available on main screen and not in menu

Please return the tab button to a more accessible location rather than a deep menu that requires multiple clicks to use such a commonly used.

663 votes – Bring back “find on page” to the browser

602 votes – Eliminate the blank space between IE address bar and keyboard when there is something to paste

361 votes (unlikely) – Add in Java support

271 votes – Flash Player support for IE9

231 votes – Silverlight support in Internet Explorer

156 votes – Bring back support of cross-page anchors

Before Mango, IE supported navigating to a specific spot within a page using anchors (the # after a URL). However, with the new IE9, this functionality has vanished when navigating to another page. It will only scroll to the anchor when it is within the same page.

101 votes – Allow Opera, Mozilla Firefox or Google chrome to develop an alternate web browser on windows phone

78 votes – Password manager for IE

72 votes – IE can wrap text to fit screen when zoom, like android and ios

Sometimes text are so long that I have to move page left to right, not like android and opera mobile

70 votes – Full Screen Browser

53 votes – Bring back the forward button in IE

53 votes – Sync/Backup Mobile Favorites to SkyDrive

45 votes – IE Parental Controls

42 votes – Add “Next” or “Tab” button to the keyboard when filling forms in IE

When filling a form, you have to scroll the page (keyboard takes half the screen) to find the next field and click inside it.

Windows Phone 8 (Apollo): Internet Explorer 10 Plausible Features

Nokia Lumia 800

And here you have it, 15 most requested features in the web browsing category. I think it’s safe to assume that at least 30% of them should make the cut, such as: Password Manager, Full Screen Support, Anchor Support, Forward Button, Find on Page and more.

What do you think?


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Vygantas is a former web designer whose projects are used by companies such as AMD, NVIDIA and departed Westood Studios. Being passionate about software, Vygantas began his journalism career back in 2007 when he founded FavBrowser.com. Having said that, he is also an adrenaline junkie who enjoys good books, fitness activities and Forex trading.

  • Tiago Sá

    First it’s 10 then it’s 15. Just saung.

    And damn, is Internet Explorer crap on phones.

    Actually, is Internet Explorer crap period.

    • http://twitter.com/bricky149 Shane Bundy

      IE9 on Windows Phone isn’t that bad. It’s the only HWA browser available ATM for WP7 and where it lacks features it makes up for speed (which it never used to).

      IE’s future on Windows is also looking good. IE10 will be a serious threat to rivals so the battle following its release should be good.

  • Anonymous

    They removed find in page? Crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Why on earth would you have ‘new tab’ buried in menus?  Who makes their product decisions?? Its clearly the result of too many managers, and too many meetings.