Deepfish: Hello, I Must Be Going

When Live Labs began working on Deepfish, we set out to prove our theory that there was an unmet demand for a better mobile browsing experience than what was available at the time we started the project in 2006.  It wasn't our intent to create a full browser for the preview, but rather simply demonstrate that a novel and simple new user experience was the best way to achieve that.  The positive reception and incredible demand for the Deepfish technical preview went a long way towards proving that.  And now, thanks in part to Deepfish, many better alternatives are emerging. 

Mobile browsing is now advancing to the point where mobile devices rival the desktop—which is what we wanted to see.  User experience advances such as usable touch and intuitive zooming interfaces weren't widely available at the time.  Deepfish helped drive that innovation.  And now that the marketplace has caught up to where we thought it needed to go and continues to advance.

For our dedicated users still using the technical preview to this day, we are sorry to announce we will be retiring the proxy service on September 31, 2008.  The Deepfish client will no longer function after that date as a result. 

Thanks to all of those who enthusiastically supported Deepfish.  We learned a lot from you, and we assure you that your feedback is influencing Microsoft's future products.

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5 Comments

Alexandre

August 24, 2008 at 10:54 PM

I really don't agree with the retiring the proxy service.

LEFEBVRE franck (FRANCE)

August 29, 2008 at 2:04 AM

I have a mobile HTC Diamond with windows mobile 6.1 and Opera 9.5. I have a problem with Flash player, video streaming on the Internet.

I would like to try Deepfish and Skyfire.

Thank you

kevin

September 08, 2008 at 9:10 AM

good

kevin

September 08, 2008 at 9:10 AM

very good

Home Theater Systems Tech

September 13, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Looks like Deepfish is getting the "Deep Six" and will be "sleeping with the fishes".

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