INTERNET EXPLORER MOBILE
The Internet Explorer Mobile was formerly known as Pocket Internet Explorer which is commonly abbreviated to IE mobile. Basically it is a mobile browser and it was developed by MICROSOFT which is based on the versions of the Trident Layout Engine. This application comes loaded by default on Windows Phone7 and Windows CE. The current version of IE mobile is based on the desktop version of Internet Explorer however the older versions of Pocket Internet Explorer wasn’t based on this version. The latest version of this application includes tabbed browsing. The browser can support multi-touch gestures that includes pinch-to-zoom with tap-to zoom. All websites can be displayed in mobile version as well as desktop version using this browser.
The IE mobile is available for both Windows Phone7 as well as Windows CE. This version includes both Windows Mobile and Zune HD platforms. The previous version of this application Internet Explorer Mobile6 included Windows Mobile 6.5 and Zune HD which is based on the IE6 Trident rendering engine with advanced improvement. The latest version, Internet Explorer 9 is based on IE7 Trident rendering engine with improvements that were borrowed from IE 8’s version of Trident and it comes included with Windows Phone 7and Windows CE 7.
The Pocket Internet Explorer (PIE)was introduced in Windows CE version 1.0 which was released in November 1996. It didn’t derive its code from the Internet Explorer but it was written from scratch to make it as light weight as possible. The latter version supported cookies, HTTP and SSL.
POCKET INTERNET EXPLORER 2: The PIE 2 was released in September 1997 enabled with Windows CE 2.0 with many new features like: offline browsing,resizing images to fit to screen and richer HTML support that included framesets and tables.
POCKET INTERNET EXPLORER 3: The PIE 3was introduced in July 1998 with Windows CE 2.10 with added support for Jscript and secure protocols.
POCKET INTERNET EXPLORER 4: The PIE 4 was the first to support ActiveX, CSS, VBScript and provided extended support for HTTPS and advanced HTML features. Pocket PC 2002 version of PIE brought limited support for DHTML and XML, it allows to browse the WAP sites- a feature that was not present in Internet Explorer for PC.
INTERNET EXPLORER MOBILE 7: This is the latest version which was released on 15th February 2010 which was enabled with Windows Phone 7. This new version includes features like multi-touch gesture, tabbed browsing, a new UI, smooth zoom in and zoom out animations with a hybrid rendering engine of desktop versions of Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8. The unique feature of this version is that it can automatically update the layout engines and add features of new Windows Phone Update System in Windows Phone 7.