Minimo 0.013 Released for Windows Mobile

Minimo is a version of Firefox for small machines – including Windows Mobile. Version 0.013 has been released, and it’s certainly coming along nicely. It’s not really ready for most people to use yet, but if you’re at the cutting edge, and you find Pocket IE a bit too limiting, you might find it handy. In use, the interface doesn’t quite make sense yet, but it’s just about useable. Performance isn’t too bad once it’s started up, but it seems to take a long time to start – 40 seconds or more on my phone. This wouldn’t be so much of a problem, except it takes just as long to switch to it when it’s still running, which makes the ‘smart minimise’ thing a bit pointless. If you actually go to the Memory section of Settings, and switch to the running copy from there, it appears pretty much instantly, but if you try to switch to it by running it again (the usual method in Windows Mobile) you have to wait a long time for it to appear.

On the whole, worth a play with if you’re feeling brave (it’s early beta, make sure you have good backups or just don’t care), but probably not quite ready for day-to-day use yet.

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