On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a number of details and the first official look at the next release of Windows Phone 7, codename “mango.” Back when we reviewed Windows Phone 7, we were impressed by the platform’s overall smoothness, appearance, and unique mobile paradigm, but highlighted a number of chief areas that needed improvement for it to be competitive with much more mature smartphone rivals. Chief among them was a browser that needed serious updating even at launch. We've been playing with the new IE 9-based browser for the past two days and have come away decently impressed. Read on for more.

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