Mobile Internet Explorer 6 not available as an upgrade

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mobile-internet-explorer-6.jpgThe problem with massive companies like Microsoft is that while some bits of the company can be doing great, forward-thinking stuff, other bits of the company can spectacularly drop the ball.

That’s what’s happened at Microsoft over the weekend. On Friday, Microsoft announced sweeping changes to Windows Live. Today we find out that Mobile IE6 won’t be available as a download – you have to upgrade your handset to get it.

It’s a ridiculous, idiotic move from Microsoft that’s only going to annoy and frustrate its users, who’ll turn to piracy to get the software they want on their handset. Microsoft says, in explanation:

“Regarding making IE Mobile available as a separate download or update, the rich media experiences that IE Mobile 6 enables require more powerful, advanced devices. That is why it will not be available as an upgrade or direct download for current phones, but rather will be made available on new phones.”

That sucks, Microsoft. You’re about to lose a whole heap of people to alternative mobile browsers.

Windows Mobile 6 (via Trusted Reviews)

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Duncan Geere

One thought on “Mobile Internet Explorer 6 not available as an upgrade

  • Only because Microsoft makes bloatware. In other words “we couldn’t be arsed to optimise this software, and we don’t trust the end user to have enough common sense to install it on worthy phones that might not be the most bleeding-edge available, so we’re taking that option away.”

    Yeah, smart move Microsoft.

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