By Stephen Schenck | May 23, 2011 4:09 PM
We know Microsoft has a lengthy list of improvements coming to the Windows Phone 7 Mango update, and while some of those are going to seem more important than others, there’s no denying that Internet Explorer 9 will be near the top of the most-anticipated list for many users. While we’re sure hear plenty about all these developments at tomorrow’s Microsoft press event, some early news has emerged about the state of IE9, which has reached the point where it’s “code complete”.
From here, Microsoft still needs to do plenty of bug-testing and code optimization, but all the major features of IE9 are now well in place. Those include the adoption of eagerly-awaited technologies like HTML5 and CSS3, site-specific web caches to optimize loading of your most-frequented sites, and automatic page resizing to mobile-specific layouts for the best fit on your smartphone’s screen.
IE9 in its current state is faster than ever, with some demos showing a 17% speed boost since previous builds. Besides hardware rendering support adding to IE9′s speed, the browser will adapt to the constraints of your data connection, anticipating how you’ll view a page to decide which portions to download the content for first.