I'm trying to install IE for testing on Mac, I found the the Microsoft Remote Desktop with Remote IE as a solution, but looks like the https://remote.modern.ie/ is down and no longer work. I'm curious what tools you guys use for this. Thanks
I use VirtualBox and the images from Microsoft -> https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/
I do exactly the same. I find it very realistic in terms of rendering. But if you want to do actual hardware & processing testing, well I think you need to build a device lab.
I'm really pleased with VirtualBox especially since you can use different virtual machines to test different IE's and different Windows. It's definitely a little slow downloading and booting up the VM.
BrowserStack is awesome!
This looks awesome. I'm going to check this out.
Don't you find it slow?
No, it's pretty good and highly usable for browser testing.
Thanks Faith! Looks like a great one, just trying it and looks like I always get an error message when selecting a browser (
Connection to the remote device failed. Please try again.) I will try to get in touch with them.
It's working for me at the moment. Maybe you should contact with them for this problem.
+1 for BrowserStack – especially for open source organisations. When we’ve had to contact support, they’ve been great, and they give the charity I work for (mysociety.org) a free account because pretty much all of our work is open source.
Closed eyes and crossed fingers.
with an old windows laptop. no simulation beats actual testing
I totally agree with you, this will be better testing and fixing issues quickly.
+1 for this. Emulation is ok, but you never know until you use the real thing, same with any device testing!
Which IE versions do you test for these days? I try to use site specific usage stats, but usually that means IE11 and Edge.
On some of the sites my charity is responsible for, there are still non-negligible cohorts of IE8 and IE9 users. I usually end up testing in IE11, IE10 (usually no different to IE11), IE9, and, mostly out of curiosity, IE8.
With something like BrowserStack, this sort of quick testing is actually much easier than when we used to faff around with local VMs.
I've used both Browserstack and VirtualBox. VirtualBox works well but comes with a bit of set up time and space on your hard drive. Browserstack comes with cost but is much quicker to get rolling.
I'm not sure of any other realistic options other than having a auxilary Windows -based machine. I actually run MacOS on a PC I built. I can reboot and go into windows 10 to test but rarely do.
I use a server with multiple VM’s setup as Remote Desktop so people just need Remote Desktop installed. Outside of that, VMWare Fusion and local VM’s.
I got a Surface Pro on Craigslist for $500 and connect it to my display that has a built-in KVM. It's tiny, portable, and just the right amount of slow!