Microsoft is planning to launch a version of Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile powered handsets. It’s apparently part of a strategy to take on the iPhone by matching it feature-for-feature – hence IE going up against the iPhone’s Safari browser.
Mobile IE may be based on Microsoft’s Deepfish research project, which has been looking into how to access full-size web pages on a small mobile screen. It’s this last bit that’s crucial: simply squashing Internet Explorer into phones will be a disaster – what’s needed is a browser designed specifically to render websites for a phone.
iPhone users have been raving about the experience of using Safari on the go (apart from the sluggish EDGE network, of course), so Microsoft will have to come out with something rather special to seize back the limelight. What do you think: is IE on a mobile a good idea?
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