Microsoft is set to announce th availability of IE6 on the China Mobile Samsung Omnia today at the Mobile Asia Congress being held in Macau.
Scott Rockfeld, Microsoft’s director of Windows Mobile, mobile communications business, told ZDNet Asia over the phone Tuesday that China Mobile was chosen as the first operator to get mobile IE6 because the Microsoft hopes to tap the vast growth in the number of new mobile users in the country.
“We want to have users in [emerging markets] get their first online experience with Windows Mobile,” he said. “Our target is not to convert existing users of the competing phones like the iPhone or Google’s Android. We want to grow faster than the market.
Rockfeld said Microsoft has brought the “full rendering engine of IE6 to the phone”, which is expected to deliver a surfing experience on the mobile that is closer to that of the desktop. Users can also view rich elements such as flash “straight from the browser”, he said.
Whether the browser will replace the pre-installed Opera Mobile 9.5 browser is unknown.