Webkit based Iris Browser for Windows Mobile updated

After the disappointment of the delayed Opera Mobile 9.5, Torch Mobile has stepped in to shed some light on their progress in bringing a webkit-based browser to the Windows Mobile platform. Their latest release, version 1.0.12 features the following improvements:

  • XSLT support
  • Bookmarklets (javascript: bookmarks)
  • Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI)
  • file:/// local filesystem browsing
  • Bookmark imports from Opera and Pocket IE
  • Google maps works!
  • Visual history
  • New list views for bookmarks and history
  • Improved memory usage
  • Many site fixes
  • Improved iPhone emulation
  • Improved error messages
  • Better touch screen user interaction
  • Ability to set Iris Browser as the default system browser

The browser still appears to be rather rough and basic (rather Pocket IE-like, and thats not a good thing),but appears to be slowly getting on in functionality, and probably just needs the help of an industrial designer to make it a real contender.

Download the latest preview version and see for yourself.

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