WMExperts has an interesting little article posted today about the next version of Pocket IE 6 for devices powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Professional.
“An anonymous tipster has sent in some screen shots and impressions of the upcoming Internet Explorer 6 browser that’s coming to Windows Mobile in the very near future, the vaunted ‘6 on 6.’ The bad news — it’s not at all clear that Microsoft will make this an independently-available download. We do know for sure that it will be baked-into the ROMs of many future smartphones. That leads us to the good news — the screenshots we have here are from an upcoming WinMo device. Square Screen, 320×320 resolution, and the black theme are your clues as to what we’re looking at.”
While I’d like to see Microsoft release the next version of Pocket IE 6 as a stand-alone update to existing Windows Mobile 6.0 devices, I’m not at all sure they will. Palm has had a “no-upgrades” policy for a long time. On the desktop side, Microsoft would release a new version of the browser outside of a major OS release, so I’m still hopeful that Microsoft will release the upgrade as a free download from their Windows Mobile software site.