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MS targeting iPhone Safari in next Win Mobile?

updated 02:25 pm EST, Fri December 14, 2007

WinMo and Safari

The next version of Microsoft's mobile OS beyond Windows Mobile 6.1 will be the first to directly tackle advancements brought about by the iPhone, according to statements the company has made at the recent Mobius conference and echoed by Engadget. The unnamed update will effectively port a desktop version of Internet Explorer to the handset environment to render web pages in a largely accurate manner similar to that of Apple's mobile Safari browser. Programs for managing music, photos, and other content will also be made easier to use than current incarnations.

A longer-term update will bring more dramatic changes, Microsoft says. The software developer hopes to make the interface much easier to use with fingers compared to today's OS, which includes numerous small elements that are often difficult to activate without a stylus. It would also include a global search feature similar to those found in Windows Vista or Mac OS X as well as a correlation feature that offers context-sensitive information such as e-mail addresses depending on current actions.

The web browser update may depend heavily on technology pioneered in the company's Deepfish project, which adds a whole-page view of a site and maintains the original layout rather than attempt to fit the contents to the smaller view window common to cellphones.

Microsoft has not issued a schedule for when it expects any of the updates to appear, though the firm is expected to release Windows Mobile 6.1 by early 2008 and typically does not issue frequent updates to the software.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. gambit-7

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    Yea.

    Pfft. More like, "Microsoft copying iPhone Safari in next WinMobile."

  1. Glasspusher

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    follow the leader

    does M$ do anything else?

  1. dliup

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    lol

    Always, MS is saying their next version of vapor/crapware will attempt to copy what works now, except to add 10 steps and requires help from IT department.

  1. bobolicious

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    The Zune Monkey Dance...

    ... was rather original... :-)

  1. dliup

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    New MS Slogan

    MS, Delivering Empty Promises

  1. Guest

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    MS: we give you

    Yesterdays technology, today.

  1. Flying Meat

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    IE: because

    internet standards NEED to be corrupted.

    (end sarcasm)

  1. howiethemacguy

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    I had a great response...

    But, you guys beat me to it. This is just more vaporware from Micro$oft..... Promising tomorrow what already exists on the market today.

  1. hayesk

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    Safari for WindowsMobile?

    Apple should beat them by producing Safari for Windows Mobile. Let it get entrenched before IE.

  1. russellb

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    Ha Ha Ha

    "Microsoft has not issued a schedule for when it expects any of the updates to appear"

    oh that brings tears to my eyes .. good luck with that Microsoft..

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