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Windows Phone 7 gets first third-party browser – Browser Plus

Windows Phone 7 gets first third-party browser – Browser Plus

The first third-party web browser for the newly launched Windows Phone 7 has been released on Windows Marketplace.

‘Browser Plus’ comes as a welcome alternative to the stock Internet Explorer, which to be blunt isn’t quite in the same league as its counterparts on the iPhone and Android.

Before you get too excited, though, it’s worth noting that the new browser uses the same rendering engine as Internet Explorer, which means pages still load and look very much the same. That’s not to say that it’s terrible. But it could definitely be better.

On the plus side, the new browser sports tabbed browsing and has a Google search box neatly integrated into the browser window if you’re not a fan of Microsoft’s Bing. It’s also a bit more accessible all round.

Some industry watchers fear that Microsoft only plans to allow third-party browsers that use its proprietary engine rather than the open-source WebKit standard adopted by its rivals. So don’t expect an Opera or Firefox browser to hit your WP7 kit anytime soon.

Browser Plus can be downloaded right now from Windows Marketplace for 79p.

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