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More Details on MIE 6: China's First

Seems like PC World got a chance to write a bit of a fluff piece on Microsoft's new upcoming mobile web browser for WM (see past coverage here), while a lot of it is good for a chuckle, some interesting bits came out:

  • Requires 128MB of RAM, and a 400MHz processor
  • Still won't be a separate download (device needs ROM flash)
  • First release will be on phones with mobile operator China Mobile "sometime in 2009"

Also, they got some insight from Web developer Bruce Lawson, with the non-profit Web Standards Project, who had some not so pleasent words about the new browser after he put it through the wringer (spoiler alert: it didn't do well):

"...This is a terrible situation," he wrote. "Twenty percent of the world's population [China] are being offered an ancient, discredited browser."

Ouch--don't hold back Bruce!  Read more for some of the nitty-gritty.

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Its a good report and shows just how lackluster WM's support is from Microsoft, evething seems to be an afterthought for them. Handset makers and carriers should refuse to ship devices with such a poor browser compared to the competition, maybe that will get MS off their behinds and get them to do SOMETHING sensible with WM. Hopefully there is a big backlash from this and MS will update PIE6 soon rather than wait for WM 6.5 or 7.