Browser war reignited on mobile

Today on Six Revisions, web designer Arley McBlain worries that we might be heading for another browser war, this time on mobile. His main concern appears to be Microsoft chucking a spanner in the works through IE for its mobile OS, in a market currently dominated by WebKit. This, he thinks, could trigger a repeat of what we long saw on the desktop, with developers forced to deal with the quirks of each browser. "Web browsers have been around for nearly twenty years—the fact that two browsers can render the same code radically different is insane," he remarks.

When we spoke to McBlain, he told us that having worked on a number of mobile sites, initially focusing on BlackBerry, iOS and Android, he had high hopes for Windows Phone. "The [newer] desktop IE isn't bad, and I'd hoped the Windows platform would start rendering sites more or less the same as WebKit phones." Instead, many bugs from the previous version of IE for mobile were retained. "I got the same feeling as when realising back in 2006 that IE7 and IE6 weren't rendering sites the same—and that I'd have to start testing and developing multiple versions of pages."

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

The Creative Bloq team is made up of a group of design fans, and has changed and evolved since Creative Bloq began back in 2012. The current website team consists of eight full-time members of staff: Editor Georgia Coggan, Deputy Editor Rosie Hilder, Ecommerce Editor Beren Neale, Senior News Editor Daniel Piper, Editor, Digital Art and 3D Ian Dean, Tech Reviews Editor Erlingur Einarsson and Ecommerce Writer Beth Nicholls and Staff Writer Natalie Fear, as well as a roster of freelancers from around the world. The 3D World and ImagineFX magazine teams also pitch in, ensuring that content from 3D World and ImagineFX is represented on Creative Bloq.