How WP7 Internet Explorer Used to Look

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Windows Phone 7 didn’t evolve much from the early emulator builds we tested back in the spring of 2010. One thing that did change, rather subtly, was the landscape view in the browser. When you go into landscape, the address bar and buttons disappear from view. While this gives you a nice full screen web experience (pictured below), you have to turn the device back into portrait to access the buttons and address bar.

Personally, I like this behavior. It makes a lot of sense that if you want the most close-up and intimate web experience, you’ll flip over into landscape, which takes less than a second. Usually when I’m browsing the web, I go to one destination, hit a bunch of links, and read for a bit. It’s unusual that I’d be constantly changing the URL and thus having to switch into portrait to expose the URL bar.

What about you? Do you wish Microsoft had kept the buttons and address bar in landscape view, or are you happy with the full screen look that we have today?

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Via: everythingwm

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About The Author
Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.