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New IE Windows Mobile Browser Leaked

Gordon Kelly


New IE Windows Mobile Browser Leaked

There was a rather amusing incident back in May at the launch of the HTC Touch Diamond where the company said it had installed Opera 9 because it wanted "the best mobile browsing experience". Naturally, this all occurred in front of a rather perturbed Microsoft Marketing Rep. Quite simply however Microsoft - despite having just launched Windows Mobile 6.1 - didn't have its new mobile IE browser ready (the deadline was missed, can you believe it?!) so it had no choice but to give in.

All these months later however, this is what you were missing out on...

'6 On 6' is the codename being given to the new Internet Explorer mobile browser and leaked shots have just revealed what we all knew: we weren't missing out on much.

Sure, the enhancements are welcome: scaled 'desktop' or customised 'mobile' display modes, but the same age old problems exist such as permanent vertical and horizontal scroll bars that look like they came straight out of Windows 95 and a UI which eats up far too much of the phone screen.

As for other basics such as tabbed browsing, RSS feeds and integrated search engines, Unwired reports they are all worryingly absent at this stage. Furthermore, rather than building a dedicated browser from the ground up, this is simply IE6 stuffed onto a phone - hence the '(IE) 6 on (WM) 6' name. Oh dear.

Come on Microsoft, we know you can do better. What's more you're going to have too....


via Unwired


September 29, 2008, 6:57 pm

Oh dear. As a WM user I find this somewhat depressing. I've fiddled with Opera but can't say i am a fan to be honest. Why can't someone make a good browser for WM using Webkit?

Andy Vandervell

September 29, 2008, 7:42 pm

Well I'd hold judgement till a final release. I just find it incomprehensible that some of those features wouldn't be in the final version.


September 29, 2008, 8:03 pm

Me too. Fingers crossed.

After all a world where we have a decent choice of browsers across a range of mobile OSes will make the market far more competitive. And besides, Windows Mobile needs all the help it can get!


September 29, 2008, 11:28 pm

is this all gatesy can muster against the sexual power of safari?



September 30, 2008, 1:24 am

Been at the viagra again Ironduke, eh :D


October 2, 2008, 1:25 am

Simon: "I've fiddled with Opera but can't say i am a fan to be honest. Why can't someone make a good browser for WM using Webkit?"

What makes you think WebKit will magically turn into a decent browser?

Opera Mobile is excellent. It's faster and more compatible with the web than WebKit.

Why are you not a fan of Opera, and why do you believe in the fairy tale that WebKit is anything special?

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