Microsoft previews new mobile Web browser


SAN FRANCISCO, AFP

U.S. software colossus Microsoft on Thursday unveiled a prototype of a mobile Internet browser designed to mirror the ease of going online via a desktop computer. “Think about your mobile browsing experience today,” said Microsoft Live Labs director Gary William Flake.

“It’s often less than intuitive, the pages don’t look like what you’ve come to expect on the desktop, and it takes a long time for a page to load. Deepfish aims to solve that problem.”

The company said the Deepfish technology is available for public preview on a limited, first-come first-served basis at the Web site http://labs.live.com/deepfish/. Instead of relying on Web sites being tailored for mobile devices, Deepfish captures and delivers “as-designed” views of online pages of all kinds, according to Microsoft. Users can also zoom in or out on sections of Web pages.

“All of this adds up to an easier and faster way to navigate through a page,” Flake said.

Microsoft said it is releasing a Deepfish prototype to get feedback from users and that it remained to be determined when a final version might be rolled out for the public.

The announcement came as U.S. Internet search titans vie for the devotion of mobile Internet users in a mushrooming market.

Google made a new mobile search engine available to the public on Tuesday, the same day that rival Yahoo enticed Web site publishers to enhance the “oneSearch” mobile search engine it released early this year.