The Windows Mobile team has confirmed that the upcoming IE Mobile 6 browser or "IE 6 on 6" will not be made available as a separate download for current WinMo 6.1 smartphones. Instead, the update will only show up on devices released starting at the end of this year or in early 2009. The reason, according to Microsoft, is that "the rich media experiences that IE Mobile 6 enables require more powerful, advanced devices." IE doesn't have a whole lot of fans, but if you already have a WinMo smartphone it would suck to miss out on what appears to be a huuuge improvement. [Mobile Burn]
THEY DID THE SAME THING when each iteration of Windows Mobile OS came out. Windows Mobile 5.0 never made it to the i-mate JAM, scores of HP iPAQs got the shaft, as well as half the Dell Axim line, and Toshibas as well.
Please don't give the Windows Mobile community this supposedly new requirement of "powerful, advanced devices." Most devices have an ARM processor over 400MHz and more than 64MB of RAM.
I really don't want to sound like a fanboy, but this was one reason I switched to the iPhone. Every update so far has been for both iPhone and iPhone 3G, and it seems to handle mobile browsing very well.
I'll be quick to blame the Microsoft developers for creating bloated browser code, or just the executives for going to bed with manufacturers just to push more Windows Mobile devices.