Internet Explorer Mobile 6 Available in Free Emulator (Verdict: Not Horrible) Not content to sit still while Opera and Skyfire kick its ass in the Windows Mobile browser space, Microsoft is previewing Internet Explorer Mobile 6 , the next version of the notoriously rendering-impaired mobile browser, through a downloadable emulator. The addition of a "desktop" mode is promising, as is the fact that it appears to correctly render MSNBC's javascript-rich homepage, something with Mobile IE5 couldn't dream of doing. It's probably reasonable to expect IE6 to make an appearance in Windows Mobile 6.5 , but XP and Vista users can test it now, right here . UPDATE: Impressions and feature list after the jump. Internet Explorer Mobile 6 Available in Free Emulator (Verdict: Not Horrible) As you can see on the left, page rendering still isn't quite at Mobile Safari or Opera levels, but it's a massive improvement over IE5. Inertial scrolling is solid, and the (limited) flash support is a pleasant surprise. Text wrap and zooming haven't been fully sorted out yet, so pulling out on a page often leaves paragraphs wrapped for a higher zoom level. If these problems are addressed — and I fully expect them to be — Microsoft could have a winner on its hands. Even as is, it's a colossal step forward for Mobile IE, and one that will at minimum bring it into the same generation as its competitors. [MSDN via Slashphone ]

* Improved fidelity (support for full fidelity desktop rendering) * Layout fixes to accommodate a mobile screen (text wrap) * Enhanced Script and AJAX support (Jscript v5.7 from Internet Explorer 8) * Improved multimedia experience (Adobe Flash Lite 3.1 for Adobe Flash content) * Deeper integration with search * Enhanced cursor navigation model * Touch and gesture support – pan support * Multiple zoom levels * Easy switching between mobile / desktop versions of sites by specifying UA strings.