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New Tool Can Help You Test-Drive Your Mobile Site A platform from Keynote Systems gives business owners an advance peek at how websites will render in the mobile realm.

By Dan O'Shea

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Mobile Test-DriveMobile-friendly websites are increasing in popularity--if you don't believe us, go back and reread the March issue of Entrepreneur. But crafting a site targeting mobile users requires some follow-through.

Once you have realized the need among your constituents for a mobilized website and developed one, you can't send it out into mobile browsers without testing it. Yet with a multitude of devices and device operating system profiles, mobile website developers face a mountainous task in assuring that their new sites perform and display adequately on all of them. If the sites fall short, you can hardly call them "mobile-friendly" with a straight face.

Keynote Systems, a company that provides cloud-based mobile and internet monitoring services, is looking to streamline the validation challenge with a desktop application that site developers, operational staffs and quality analysis teams can download for free and use to simulate the experience of browsing a website on different kinds of devices. The company's Mobile Internet Testing Environment (MITE) 2.1 features a library of 2,000 devices and 12,000 device software profiles.

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