If you’ve spent any time browsing the web on Windows Phone 7, then you’ve likely noticed that it’s impossible to access the browser bar when in landscape mode. In order to enter a new address or your favorites, you have to switch back to portrait mode. This doesn’t provide for a very seamless browsing experience, especially when compared to competing mobile browsers. Our hope here at eWM was that Microsoft might look to add this feature in the upcoming release that’s reportedly coming in January.
To our surprise, it appears that this feature was in versions of Windows Phone 7 previous to the golden master. As you’ll see from this photo below scooped from the design guidelines for developers, landscape mode was working. The guidelines specifically state that “developers must add code to support landscape views“. Or in this case, remove that code.
We are glass half full types here, so one would assume this should make it into the next release, since it was working in some fashion as early as July of 2010 when this guide was created.