Whatever platform you work on, testing legacy versions of IE can be a bit of a challenge. Today, the IE team is launching modern.IE, featuring a wizard (nope, not one with a wand) that scans for common coding practices that might prevent users from having their best experience on a site. Start by entering a webpage URL that you want to test:
In a few seconds, modern.IE reports the webpage results in three categories, and includes recommendations on how to update the site.
Free Virtual Testing Service with BrowserStack
But that’s not all. The IE team has also sorted a partnership with BrowserStack. You might have already used it, but for newbies BrowserStack lets developers test their site on any browser available on Windows – regardless of what test machine is running on any OS. For all devs that sign up via modern.IE, the IE team is offering three months of this service for free over the next year. Now that’s not to be sniffed at. They’ve also created add-ins if you’re using Chrome or Firefox, so you get single click access to the BrowserStack virtual testing service right from your browser of choice.
Additionally, the IE team is making available free virtual images for you to download and run local versions of Internet Explorer with Windows for testing – even on Mac, Linux, or PC. You can download these on modern.IE.