Missing Mango feature "Find on Page" in IE9 to return, someday

Yes, for some reason Microsoft in their wisdom of refining and streamlining IE9 in Windows Phone Mango, removed the "Find on Page" feature aka the ability to find text loaded on the HTML page you were viewing. Obviously this feature is quite useful, especially when trying to locate pertinent information on a lengthy and wordy site.

The good news is Microsoft has heard the complaints, of which we've heard quite a few too, and they do plan to bring back this lil' feature that could. Knowing that IE9 is technically upgradable independently of the OS, Microsoft could theoretically push it out along with some other IE9-updates if they wanted to, but to be honest, we're not holding our breath. Instead, this looks like we'll have to wait six months for "Tango" to hit in order to bring this back. Kind of a shame and hopefully Microsoft won't forget to brink this back.

Source: Windows Team Blog; via WMPU

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.

  • Good to hear, but almost pointless. Wp7 is lagging so much behind that removing features should be blasphemy. And I wouldn't hold my breath either, not even for Tango or six months.
  • oh but it's ahead in alot of other areas, and u still haven't showed me a JavaScript site that doesn't work well in IEM9. I'm thinking u completely made that up to discredit WP.
  • What nonsense. While I miss this feature as well and hope that it comes back soon, WP7 is hardly "lagging so much behind..." It's ahead in a lot of areas and I fail to see what's really missing at this point.And your comment about not holding your breath for Tango is clearly an attempt to troll. No other Mobile OS update brought anywhere near the features that Mango did. And while Tango is considered a minor update, the more they talk about it the more it sounds like there's more planned for it than a couple of small things. And I think at this point Microsoft has proven their commitment to the OS.
  • They really shouldn't have removed that feature.
  • Whoever at MS is deciding to strip out functionality like this which is very easily implemented needs to be fired so they can go undermine other OS's. This falls under the same category as screen shots which could easily be accommodated and instead we get told we don't need it by some corporate moron. We'll decide what we need and don't need, just give us the damn option MS.
  • I would like to know why they removed it. What was the point? Was it conflicting with something? Was it coded poorly? This feature was one of my biggest complaints with iOS. I love being able to find exactly what I need on a page without searching through a wall of text.