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Internet Explorer "6 on 6" Screenshots and Impressions From an Upcoming Device

An anonymous tipster has sent in some screen shots and impressions of the upcoming Internet Explorer 6 browser that's coming to Windows Mobile in the very near future, the vaunted '6 on 6.' The bad news -- it's not at all clear that Microsoft will make this an independently-available download. We do know for sure that it will be baked-into the ROMs of many future smartphones. That leads us to the good news -- the screenshots we have here are from an upcoming WinMo device. Square Screen, 320x320 resolution, and the black theme are your clues as to what we're looking at (Yes, we have a guess).

The tipster sends these impressions along with the images: It's not going to bowl anybody over, not nearly impressive enough to replace either SkyFire or Opera Mobile 9.5. It's not all that much faster than the current generation of IE on Windows Mobile, though the added zooming functions are nice. Flash lite is here and works well (minus a few memory errors), though you're not going to enjoy videos much when you're zoomed-out.

You can set the browser to identify either as mobile (so you get served mobile pages by sites that auto-detect) or as desktop (so you get the full pages) and instead of a simple 'zoom out' feature as currently exists on WM6.1 there's a separate “Zoom / Panning Mode” for getting around.

After the break, we make with the screenshots and also toss in a couple of our own showing the current-gen IE from a Treo Pro for comparison.

6 on 6

Old School IE

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I am sorely disappointed. Microsoft had 2 years since the annoucement of the iphone and its advanced browser and THIS is what they come up with? Hasnt firefox mobile been in development less time and they are lightyears away?
What are they focusing on? What is the point of this? They waste all this time and development on an outdated browser engine that isnt half as useful as Opera mobile 9.5 And now this WM 6.5 coming out instead of 7?? What the hell are they dragging their feet for? Im hoping that this is just a rendering prototype and they really have this fast, fluid, and stable browser under development. One can only hope..

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I am sorely disappointed. Microsoft had 2 years since the annoucement of the iphone and its advanced browser and THIS is what they come up with? Hasnt firefox mobile been in development less time and they are lightyears away?
What are they focusing on? What is the point of this? They waste all this time and development on an outdated browser engine that isnt half as useful as Opera mobile 9.5 And now this WM 6.5 coming out instead of 7?? What the hell are they dragging their feet for? Im hoping that this is just a rendering prototype and they really have this fast, fluid, and stable browser under development. One can only hope..
I don't think Microsoft cares too much. they know they have opera and such and i think there eye is on wm7

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But why rest on the work of another (Opera). Have some integrity. The thing about WM is that you aren't done spending when you purchase the phone. You want a decent media player, shell out for Kinoma or Core. Want a good web browser pay for Opera. That all ads up. Plus many buyers don't even know you can remove items from the Today Screen let alone buy and install applications. I hate to say it but the device that includes all the software you need upon purchase (a certain unnamed Apple product) adds to the user experience for the buyer. Who wants to shop for software after shopping for hardware? I am not saying that the iPhone is perfect. By no means. I also still choose Windows Mobile over the iPhone. That aside, Microsoft should try to make sure that the software they do include is worth using and not just immediately in need of replacement. Who would want to buy a new car knowing they immediately would need to replace the seats and tires. Sure they work but not well.
Just my two cents.

I hate to say it but the device that includes all the software you need upon purchase (a certain unnamed Apple product) adds to the user experience for the buyer. Who wants to shop for software after shopping for hardware?
Yet due to popular and vocal demand, Apple had to open up to 3rd party apps and launch a very busy App Store?
The iPhone has some nice on board apps but it left consumers screaming for more and they got it. Now iPhone software development is a huge business and people are buying and downloading tons of apps.
True, they can't replace some of the core apps on the iPhone (i.e. podcasts) but that is due to Apple restricting the apps and what they can and can't do :o
At least MS says "hey, we might not have gotten this right...knock yourself out and have access to everything" lol

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