Releasing IE11 virtual machines to modern.IE

With the recent release of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, we’re excited to add IE11 for Windows 7 and IE11 on Windows 8.1 to the suite of virtual machines now available on modern.IE for testing Internet Explorer across platforms and versions.

We’ve also updated all of the virtual machines based on feedback from the community. Among the changes we made to the refreshed images are:

    • Windows update set to off by default to avoid the VMs with older versions of IE updating themselves automatically to the newest version for that operating system
    • Resealed the images to have the longest expiration of the evaluation period allowed
    • Brought answers to frequently asked questions right inside Windows on the desktop background
    • Instituted a VM build version system and have the home page set to visit modern.IE to check for updates to the VMs

For reference, IE6-11 testing virtual machines are available on the following platforms and virtualization technologies:

1. Windows

a. Virtual PC

b. Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

c. Hyper-V for Windows Server 2012/Windows 8 and up)

d. Oracle VM VirtualBox

e. VMWare

2. Mac OS

a. VMWare

b. Oracle VM VirtualBox

c. Parallels Desktop for Mac

3. Linux

a. Oracle VM VirtualBox

VMs are just one of many free tools we offer on modern.IE, to help developers spend less time testing and more time building amazing sites. Additional tools include a site-scanner, compatibility inspector, BrowserStack screenshots and tech teardowns from modern websites.

We are continually encouraged by the positive reception these testing resources are having on the development process for web developers and as always appreciate feedback either here on this blog or through our team’s twitter handle, @IEDevChat.

Warm regards,

Jason McConnell

IE Developer Relations