Testing Tools: Free IE tools from Microsoft


Great news for developers and testers everywhere. Recently, on Microsoft’s Modern.IE site (which houses tools and resources for IE devs), the company released free, pre-built, fully functional virtual machines (VMs) specifically built for testing Internet Explorer.

You can download several different VMs, each with various versions of Windows OS (from Vista to 8) and various versions of IE (from 7 to 10). These are fully functional installations of Windows (not emulators) and are optimized for speed. One caveat, each instance is restricted with a time limit (within a single session).

There are versions prepared for Windows, OSX, and Linux, via VMware Player, VMware Fusion, and VirtualBox, respectively.

What testing resources do you love?