I’ve taken the time to give my thoughts on what I believe IE9 in Mango does for Windows Phone, but one of the major additions to IE9 is the HTML5 markup. Flash is currently not available on Windows Phone and may never be, but HTML5 is a powerful web language that, when implemented, can do even more than flash. Take Microsoft’s revision of Windows Live SkyDrive and Hotmail. The integration of HTML5 makes the web apps run like it’s a native application. Nearly everything loads and runs faster and smoother when implemented correctly.
We’ve already seen Microsoft demonstrate the ability to play music directly from a web browser in IE9 mobile via their test drive site, but the integration that is available in Mango exceeds just playing music. As you will see in the video below, the music not only plays using playback controls embedded in the website, but continues playing even when the user navigates back to the home screen and the playback controls integrates itself onto the lockscreen, just as if it was a native music file playing in the Zune hub. Here’s the video from winmobile.se:
You can test this out yourself by using the test drive mobile site link above and playing a music sample. Behold, the power of HTML5. Thanks goes to Peter Anderson for the tip.