Alternate IE shells are pretty popular on Windows Phone 7, and Surfy is the latest to try and bring something new to the Windows Phone 7 browsing experience.
The browser offers tabbed browsing, and features a slightly more intuitive method of switching tabs than the native IE browser.
The app features:
- Tabbed browsing. Flick to move between tabs or jump to a tab by selecting it from a list of all tabs.
- Full-screen viewing. Maximise screen real estate by switching to full-screen view. Switch back instantly using a semi-transparent button.
- Open links in their own tabs. With Surfy you can open links either in the same tab or in a new tab.
- Autocomplete – searches as you type.
- Supports landscape and portrait orientations.
- Supports locking of page orientation.
- Assisted browsing with auto-complete. Surfy suggests links by searching the web as you type in the URL box.
- Set your default page.
- Manage Favorites.
- Share a page/link via email.
- Open in Internet Explorer.
- Comprehensive help – A user feedback system where you can report a bug, or suggest new features to help make Surfy better.
- Plus many more features in the making.
- It’s free!
There were some confusion earlier that the Marketplace Certification has turned down the app due to duplicating the IE browser too closely, due to “failed testcase 2.1 because its primarily functionality is a web browsing experience“.Â It later turned out this was however a miscommunication, and the Surfy husband and wife coding team have been asked to re-submit their app.
Surfy should therefore not yet be available, but should hit the Marketplace soon.