Microsoft Previews 'Deepfish' Mobile Browser
Microsoft's Live Labs applied research group announced Wednesday it is
making a limited number of previews available for a new mobile browser
technology it has intriguingly dubbed "Deepfish
Microsoft says users can view any Web site "as-designed" through a
mobile device; Web sites look much like they would on a desktop.
"With the Deepfish technology, we capture the
full layout of the page and deliver it to the mobile device, resulting in an
experience similar to that on the desktop," Gary Flake, a Microsoft
Technical Fellow and the founder and director of Microsoft Live Labs, said in a
Most mobile browsers have to shrink and distort Web pages to fit their
smaller screens, which typically use a single-column format.
Deepfish's interface lets users zoom in and out on
the parts of a Web page, making it easy to use large-screen formatted pages on
a mobile device. The previews will be available only on a "first-come"
basis, according to a company statement.
Flake did not directly address whether the Deepfish
technology is in any way related to, or in competition with, ZenZui, another mobile browser technology – this one
developed within the Microsoft Research division – being spun off as an
independent company funded by Microsoft However, he did say that Deepfish is an applied research demonstration and
ultimately may not end up in any Microsoft products.
The Deepfish preview is available here.
Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.