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Microsoft asks websites to stop treating Windows Phone browser as second class citizen

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The Windows Phone 7.5 browser was already pretty great, but now in Windows Phone 8 the browser is excellent, but many websites still sends users to the WAP enabled version of their website when they detect a Windows Phone.

Microsoft is offering tips for making websites suitable for IE10 on Windows Phone, urging webmasters to simply treat it like any other webkit browser.

Their post ends with the call to action:

This guide covers the most common changes required to make your WebKit-optimized site work great on Internet Explorer 10 and other standards-compliant browsers. In many cases, the actual code changes to your site will be minimal, depending on the features being used on your site, and on existing best practices used in your code. So go ahead and make the best your site has to offer available to Windows Phone 8 users!

Read the full posts here and pass along to your favourite website.

From last to first–HTC 8X beats out iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S 3 in SunSpider JavaScript test

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When Engadget reviewed the HTC 8X they also ran some benchmarks, which included the well regarded SunSpider JavaScript test, which tests how rapidly a browser can execute JavaScript, which of course related directly to how fast a phone can render a web page these days, due to the heavy use of AJAX.

In the review they note they were blown away by the SunSpider result, with the HTC 8X completing the test in only 914 ms, or less than a second, compared to the 6.445 seconds of the HTC Titan and even worse results for the Nokia Lumia 900.

More interesting however is that the number displaces the iPhone 5, famed for its much improved processor, from the top of the list, with the HTC 8X tying or even beating the 914.7 mm it took the iPhone 5 to complete the test.

The result is likely less to do with the Dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and more to do with hardware-accelerated JavaScript engine in IE10. We still have to see how the browser performs in the real world, but when it comes to benchmarks it clearly does not have to take a backseat to anyone.