Microsoft Offers Windows 10 Virtual Machines To Test Edge Browser

Redmond isnEUt wasting any time ensuring your Web site is compatible with its newest browser. Microsoft Edge, the companyEUs successor to the little-loved Internet Explorer, has been out for only a few weeks as part of the rollout of Windows 10. But Microsoft has already brought its Edge developer Web site out of beta to give developers a leg up on designing sites for the new browser.

The site, dev.modern.ie, provides developers with virtual machines that allow them to run Windows 10, and Edge, in an automated environment to test their sites for compatibility issues. In addition to Edge, the site also provides developers with test versions of Internet Explorer 6 to 11 using virtual machines.

Although Edge most certainly represents the future of MicrosoftEUs Web browser, the company hasnEUt completely abandoned IE just yet: the older browser still comes bundled with Windows 10, meaning developers are likely to continue supporting it on their sites.

New Debugging Tools

Microsoft made a number of improvements to the developer site as it left beta, including added support for new virtual machine formats, such as Vagrant boxes and QEMU.

EUThis release includes substantial improvements to accessibility, including improved markup to make the site and tools work better with assistive technologies,EU Antón Molleda, program manager for Microsoft Edge, wrote on the companyEUs developer blog. EUMany of our older test drive demos have been moved to our GitHub repository, including classics like Fishbowl and MazeSolver. We plan to move these to our new test drive site in the future, but for now you can experiment with the open-sourced copies on GitHub.EU

In addition to the virtual machines, Microsoft is also providing developers with other tools to debug their sites, including a test service using Azure RemoteApp to run IE on Windows, Mac, iOS or Android devices. It...

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