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Iris Browser
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Developer(s) Torch Mobile
Stable release 1.1.9 / 2009-07-06; 6 months ago
Platform Windows Mobile, Windows CE, Qt
Type Microbrowser
Website Torch Mobile Iris

Iris Browser is a web browser for Windows Mobile smartphones[1] and personal digital assistants (PDAs) developed by the Torch Mobile company. The first version of Iris Browser was released in 2008. It is currently one of only two web browsers designed for portable devices which scores a 100/100 on the Acid3 test.[2] Iris is also available for Qt.[3]

RIM acquired Torch Mobile on August 24, 2009[4] and Torch Mobile spokesman George Staikos has announced that Windows Mobile development will not continue.[5]



  • WebKit rendering engine[6]
  • SquirrelFish Extreme JavaScript engine[7]
  • Customizable interface
  • Touch screen control
  • Advanced HTML and CSS support
  • Languages
  • Zoom and tap Function
  • Multiple windows and tabs
  • Input methods
  • Software mouse cursor
  • Special effects
  • Rotating devices
  • Advanced security features
  • Pop-up blockers
  • Advanced mobile key navigation
  • HTTP cache optimized for low disk usage
  • SSL and authenticated proxy support
  • Styled Form Controls
  • Netscape plug-in API
  • JavaScript/ECMAScript 1.5
  • SVG, XPath, and XSLT support
  • History Auto-Complete
  • Efficient storage of bookmarks and cookies
  • Bookmark editor, carrier specified list
  • Favorite icons and history
  • XHTML 1.x mobile profile support
  • Customizable about: pages

Current development

The UI was greatly enhanced all the way up until 1.1.9 which was released on July 6, 2009. RIM acquired Torch Mobile on August 24, 2009[8] and Torch Mobile spokesman George Staikos has announced that Windows Mobile development will not continue.[5]


According to independent testing, Iris 1.1.5 loads pages more slowly than its closest competitor, Opera Mobile.[9]

According to testing done by Torch Mobile, Iris 1.1.2 outperformed Access NetFront 3.5 and Opera Mobile 9.5 in the SunSpider Javascript benchmark.[7] According to Torch Mobile, Iris 1.1.0 "score[s] 100/100 on Acid3 with only a couple of minor rendering glitches."[10]


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