One topic we've been discussing here at WMExperts (especially our podcasts) is whether or not the new Mobile Internet Explorer, aptly dubbed "6 on 6", will be available as a separate download or update for current generation devices. After all, it doesn't seem too difficult, but whaddya we know?

Turns out the answer is "no"

From the Windows Mobile Team Blog, "Khush" who says he from the Windows Mobile team, states:

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.

Not written in stone of course, but doesn't look good for most current devices. Looks good though for the expected Sprint Treo Pro, which we expect early next year.

Other tidbits:

IE Mobile 6 is expected to show up in devices at the end of 2008 or early 2009.
...although this release is called Internet Explorer Mobile 6, there are components from other versions of Internet Explorer for the desktop. One example of that is the support for Jscript v5.7 which we brought over from Internet Explorer 8 for the desktop.

Of course the big news though is MS announced the emulator and demoed the new, richer MIE. So for developers or those curious, get the emulator here.

More at the WM Team Blog

Thanks Yirk!