Microsoft has introduced modern.IE – a free new online tool and a set of resources designed to make it easier for developers to enable their websites to work beautifully in Internet Explorer (IE). modern.IE is simple and smooth, easy to use, and is part of Microsoft’s continued commitment to help developers spend less time testing and more time building amazing sites.
As part of the modern.IE release, Microsoft also announced its partnership with BrowserStack, a leading virtual browser testing service that lets developers test their website on any browser on any OS – regardless of the OS that the test machine is running. For developers who visit the BrowserStack site via modern.IE, three months of free service is available. With this, developers also have an advantage of easy accessibility as the browsers on the service are maintained in the cloud. Microsoft also created add-ins for developers using Chrome or Firefox, which will give them single click access to the BrowserStack virtual testing service right from the browser of their choice.
Additionally, Microsoft is also making available free virtual images for developers to download and run local versions of Internet Explorer with Windows for testing – even on Mac, Linux, or PC. These can be downloaded on Modern.IE.
While IE9 and the recently released IE10 represent an entirely new chapter in IE’s long history, customers on older versions of IE continues to be a challenge for developers to test for, particularly when those developers are on non-Windows platforms.
Some features of modern.IE:
• Addresses common problems that result from supporting older versions of IE: This wizard detects the most common compatibility issues and help developers find a solution quickly
• Helps sites work well across browsers, across devices: The wizard also includes a set of emerging best practices on the web that apply to the growing range of form-factors- mobile, desktop, tablets, even large-screen TVs
• Suggest enhancements to take advantage of new features in Windows 8: This includes suggestions for touch-enabled browsing and Start Screen site tile. These are ways developers can take advantage of Windows to deliver a more personalized browsing experience for their users