Update: Windows Mobile team member Kush has confirmed in the comment section of the aforementioned post that IE Mobile 6 will not be made available as a download for current devices running 6.1. Â Instead devices released from now into 2009 will feature the browser.
The reasoning given is a bit complex, as he goes on to state: “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.”
As PhoneNews.com has reported on numerous prior occasions, new Windows Mobile devices historically do not contain considerable advances in performance. In fact, nearly all Windows Mobile 2003 devices could be upgraded to WIndows Mobile 6.1, should Microsoft and device makers compile the update for those devices.
Because Microsoft only profits from the sale of new devices, Microsoft typically forces customers to pay hundreds of dollars for a new phone, instead of purchasing a software upgrade. This process has been cited as generation billions of dollars in e-waste, a toxic situation for both the economy… and the environment. Hackers have also easily bypassed these limitations, releasing Windows Mobile upgrades compiled by the community.