UC Browser is a popular third party browser that is available for Windows Phone. The browser brings a number of great features to the phone, allowing you customize and do a little more than the built-in browser handles. The browser originally made an appearance back in the Windows Mobile days, and then made its way to Windows Phone back in March 2012.

As an alternative to Internet Explorer on Windows Phones, UC Browser has all of the standard features you would expect in a web browser, and much more. From a shortcut page to bookmarks, a sleek user interface and the ability to visit sites as though you were on a full size computer, UC Browser has just about all of it.

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In updates that have followed its release, UC Browser has gained smart downloading, which continues your downloads even after your screen gets locked, SD card support, which allows you to download directly to an SD card, and even Bluetooth File Sharing, which lets you send files to others via Bluetooth or QR Code.

Most recently, the team behind UC Browser added Cortana support to the browser, picture passwords, and more. Being a free download, its definitely worth checking out UC Browser to see if it better suits your needs over Internet Explorer.