July 25, 2013 10:00 am

modern.IE updated for IE11 – Parallels offer and free VMs for download

With the release today of the Internet Explorer 11 Developer Preview for Windows 7, we’ve also updated modern.IE – a set of tools and resources that make developing for the web (and IE) just a little bit easier. We want the web to move forward. And, we want to help web developers spend more time innovating and less time testing.

Today, we announce three new enhancements:

1. Limited offer: 25% off Parallels Desktop 8 virtualization for Mac.

2. New virtual machines for testing IE11 on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

3. A new, free screenshot tool that lets you see how a site looks across browsers and devices.

Additionally, the modern.IE scanner is now available open source (under Apache 2.0 license) to download from GitHub for your own projects.

Limited offer: 25% off Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

Our friends at Parallels worked with us back in April for the Windows Quickstart Kit for iOS Developers and we were thrilled at the response – selling out in 25 minutes. Today we announce a new limited time offer for 25% off their Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac product. Pick-up one of 2,500 available by using the redemption code on modern.IE before August 19, 2013.

IE11 Preview available on Virtual Machines

Virtual machines have proven to be a great way for developers to test in their preferred environment. We’ve made these available across various versions – from IE6 on Windows XP to IE10 on Windows 8 and in-between. Today we’ve added new VMs for IE11:

  • Windows 8.1 Preview with IE11
  • Windows 7 with IE11 Developer Preview

And they are available across many common virtualization platforms:

  • Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 & Windows 8 Pro w/Hyper-V
  • Virtual PC for Windows 7 (note that VPC cannot run Windows 8 VMs)
  • VirtualBox on Windows , Mac OSX and Linux
  • VMWare Player for Windows and Mac OSX

Start downloading the new VMs here.

How your users see your site. On Android. In Safari. With an Xbox.

Users visit your site on an increasing range of connected devices. Techniques like responsive web design can help developers build experiences that look great on large and small screens alike. But often web developers must work with constraints that require them to build different experiences for different devices. New devices become available so quickly that developers cannot buy them fast enough to test – assuming they’d want to!

Today we introduce a new one-click scanning tool that shows how your site looks across some of the most common devices in the market today for free. The screenshot service is powered by BrowserStack.com. Check-out how it renders modern.IE across browsers and devices:


Once your screen shots have completed, you can choose to dynamically add your screen shots to a beautiful piece of art, created by Chairman Ting. Hang it proudly on your wall!


modern.IE scanner: coming to that secret project near you

A local scan modern.IE has been available for you to download for testing on the Windows platform since our April update. Today, we announce its release under the Apache 2.0 license and available for you on GitHub so you can have complete confidence in scanning for your intranet, line-of-business web app, authenticated firewall, or super-secret project. Find the code on our GitHub account here.

modern.IE – helping developers support modern and older versions of Internet Explorer

We will continue to improve modern.IE as part of our commitment to help move the web forward. And please keep sharing your feedback on ways we can help developers spend less time testing and more time building amazing sites!

Roger Capriotti
Director, Internet Explorer Marketing

Updated November 8, 2014 2:15 am

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