Microsoft Won’t Offer New IE Mobile To Existing Owners

Lessons clearly still not learnt... foot in mouth run continues.

Now here – in a nutshell – is exactly ”why” Windows Mobile has so much catching up to do…

Despite having a decent spec list there was typically bad news regarding Pocket Internet Explorer 6 today with the announcement that all existing WM handset owners will not be able to upgrade to the browser unless they cough up for a new handset.

Yep, that was the laughable news out of Redmond HQ this week after the Windows Mobile Team Blog confirmed it has taken the decision not to make ‘6 on 6’ (as it is also now somewhat ironically dubbed) available for separate download. For any poor, neglected WM owners still paying attention (despite the undoubted ribbing and screams of laugher from your Symbian, Android and iPhone owning colleagues) here’s the official reason why:

*Drum roll*

“Regarding making IE Mobile available as a separate download or update, the rich media experiences that IE Mobile 6 enables require more powerful, advanced devices. That is why it will not be available as an upgrade or direct download for current phones, but rather will be made available on new phones.”

Ok, that just made the mocking laughter worse didn’t it? I mean, really – couldn’t Microsoft ”perhaps” have just published it with a minimum spec guide? Oh and I’m sure new Touch HD, Xperia X1 and Touch Pro and Diamond owners will be thrilled to hear how incapable their handsets apparently are.

All I can say is: Haven’t Windows Mobile users suffered enough?

Still, never fear – there’s a solution at hand and it’s not complicated and no hacking skills will be required. It’s a one word solution too…


WM Team Blog

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