Microsoft was relatively quiet about the delay, only saying that it had met with 17 of the company's largest cell phone maker and carrier partners. "They all expressed their excitement of what we are doing in the short term and the long term," group product manager Scott Rockfeld said. Carriers have also been working with Microsoft to provide custom content separate from the core features of Windows Mobile. According to Microsoft, the company is willing to work with carriers to power their own services. "We're happy sharing the limelight," Rockfield said.
Though no major core updates are expected for Windows Mobile 6, the company has announced its intent to offer an improved web browser that brings the rendering engine of Internet Explorer 6 to Windows Mobile. With the new browser, users will be able to view flash-enabled websites and other rich content. The delay on Windows Mobile 7 comes amid renewed challenges by Microsoft to compete with the features found in Apple's iPhone, as well as the recently announced Android-powered HTC G1.
Source: CNET News