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When we developed the Microsoft Mobile Explorer (MME), a dual-mode browser for use in mobile handsets, we wanted it to work with over-the-air Internet-standard HTTP and HTML protocols, as well as read content delivered via the Wireless Application Protocol. Microbrowser products should be small, so a principal challenge when designing MME was to build a parallel stack to the existing HTML and HTTP code that would handle WAP without duplicating a lot of code and taking space we didn't have. There's little standardization between phone manufacturers, and we wanted MME to be flexible across different hardware. For instance, one phone has a screen that may allow only four lines, others have larger screens, and some now have color. We wanted to design MME so it could be customized easily to serve the graphic capacities of different handsets - again, without increasing th... (more)