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Twice this week I've been asked how you can test older versions of Internet Explorer once whilst delivering a guest lecture at Stafford University and then just a few hours later via email. Here are my thoughts. By, Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Microsoft UK The first version of this article was written over four years ago, so as we approach the end of 2015 I thought it would be useful to revisit this topic.

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Developer Tools Firstly, IE8, IE9, IE10 and IE11 all have developer tools that you can access by pressing F12 whilst in Internet Explorer. These allow you to change your document and browser mode to go back to older rendering engines, which you can find on the emulation tab in the tools. Fire Fox For.

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If you are using Microsoft Edge, you will notice that it doesn't have different browser modes that you can use, as this feature is only available in IE9, IE10 and IE11. It should be noted that these tools are not the same as the rendering engines used in the original browsers, so whilst they are useful if you are trying to reproduce a reported bug, they should not be used to confirm that your site is working correctly or looking pixel perfect in an older browser. To learn more about the developer tools, head over to. Virtual Machines For the most accurate results you will want to use Virtual Machines so that you can run the browsers in a real-world environment. This is by far and away the most popular way to do browser testing in my experience.

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The good folk at Modern.ie have produced VMs for all browsers and operating system combinations (IE6-IE11 and Edge on Windows 10). These VMs run on Windows, Linux and Mac and in numerous virtualisation flavours including Parallels, VMWare, HyperV and VirtualBox. You can download the virtual machines from. Hosted Virtual Machines is a paid service that allows you to test IE6-11 and Edge (and every other major browser like Chrome, Opera, Safari, Firefox as well as iOS and Android emulators) inside your browser.

There are also browser plugins available for Chrome and Firefox which make launching BrowserStack even easier. With you can simply start up a new virtual machine in the cloud, running practically any OS, and then test your website in that environment. Modern.ie Scanner The uses a node.js service (which is available on GitHub) to go fetch a website and interrogate it to locate common problems. It then provides a report which details what you may need to do to fix you website so that it works well in IE and also other standards-based browsers. Further Reading Edge is Microsoft's new web browser, and the default browser in Windows 10. Since upgrades from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 will be free for most, you can expect there has been a huge influx of Edge users.

With that in mind, in which you can make sure your site rock on Edge.

For the 'history' feature found in most web browsers, see. A is a for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the. An information resource is identified by a (URI) and may be a, image, video, or other piece of content. Present in resources enable users easily to navigate their browsers to related resources. A web browser can also be defined as an or program designed to enable users to access, retrieve and view documents and other resources on the. Precursors to the web browser emerged in the form of applications during the mid and late 1980s, and following these, is credited with developing in 1990 both the first, and the first web browser, called (no spaces) and later renamed Nexus. Many others were soon developed, with 's 1993 (later ), being particularly easy to use and install, and often credited with sparking the internet boom of the 1990s.