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Christoph Rumpel
Christoph Rumpel
6,715 Points

Best way of IE browser testing

Hey everybody,

i am sure i am not the only one struggling with IE browser testing for a long time now. The last months i have been testing on Win8 in VirtualBox where i can simulate IE versions from 8 to 10. This is a good and fast way of testing at the beginning but through different render engines in IE versions it is not ideal.

Fortunately Windows is giving us the possibility to download different VPC images containing of a certain Windows version and a certain IE version for free browser testing. ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=11575 ) Unfortunately setting up this images is sometimes not that easy and i got errors as well.

Yesterday i ran over this site: https://github.com/xdissent/ievms

and what it describes is awesome! With one shell-command you do not only download the needed images, they are also get extract and imported into VirtualBox automatically.

Just awesome!!

2 Answers

There are services like Adobe's Browserlab service or even Litmus page testing that makes it easier to test older versions of IE.

To be quite honest, if you don't mind getting into meta tag directives or Apache ones, I suggest using Google Frame and a range of polyfills to make it easier to accomodate older IE users if you haven't already taken these steps.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

@Christopher - Here's a great blog post on setting up ievms