The browser war is on: Metro Browser raises the ante

While Browser Plus has been making steady strides in functionality, Browse On showed up with a few tricks too. Now a 3rd browsing shell for Mobile IE has showed itself: Metro Browser.

Developed by Adam Nathan, the browser looks to hit the sweet spot in terms of features:

  • Full-screen portrait browsing gives 24% more page than IE, 31% more page than Browser Plus!
  • Orientation lock
  • Extensive theming
  • Slick management of tabs, favorites, history, and frequently-visited sites
  • Tons of behavioral customizations, including choosing Google vs. Bing for searches and auto-complete
  • Lots of other little bells and whistles, such as searching the Windows Phone Marketplace with apps:XXX text

Sounds pretty killer to us and we like this back-and-forth competition between developers. Look for a video tomorrow, we're gonna go play.

Grab the app here, including a free trial. Visit Adam's page here.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Not is Australian store yet :( Guess we'll have to wait a bit longer.
  • Can you play videos on this browser? I know you can on IE and can't on Browser+. I got the trial version and it seems to just be loading, but wasn't sure if thats a feature that is only available for the real version.
  • Doesn't seem to be able to. Tried it with youtube and it doesn't launch the youtube player like in IE. Not sure if that is coming.
  • great app but the only think missing is the ability to edit your bookmarks. once we can change the name of the bookmark and move them up or down the list, it will be perfect.
  • I spoke to the developer and he already plans to make some revisions. I would recommend you email him if you haven't done so, he's very open to listening. Great app by the way.
  • Great app - the only one so far which has convinced me to part with €2 on WP7. Agree with ChumsFuture's suggestions, and looking forward to future tweaked versions.