Microsoft to bring IE 9, better multi-tasking to WP7 later this year

By on February 15, 2011
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New update will also added better Twitter integration.

Microsoft announced two major features for Windows Phone 7 at their conference at the Mobile World Congress yesterday.

Microsoft will be rolling Internet Explorer 9 for the mobile platform which will “dramatically enhance Web browser experience” with things like hardware-acceleration and HTML 5.

The company also demonstrated a new third-party multi-tasking system. Users will be able to simply hit the back button on the phone to pause the app and relegate it to the background; tap it again it will bounce back in an unpaused state. If the back button is held, the phone will swap out a webOS-esque app-by-app view of all the apps currently running the background. Certain apps, such as music players, will be allowed to in an unpaused state in the background.

Microsoft will be rolling out these features in an update later this year – no specific release window was mentioned. Additionally, along with these new features, Twitter integration will also get a little spit and polish, so that all our tweets will now be included in the ‘What’s New’ section in the phone.

As for the much awaited upcoming update, Microsoft said that they will be releasing it “in the next few weeks”, most likely early March.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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