How to Test for Internet Explorer on Android, iOS, and Mac OS X

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Earlier this year, the Microsoft team launched a new tool to make it easier to test sites in IE regardless of which platform you’re on (seriously). It’s part of their work on Project Spartan and its new rendering engine and new user-agent string, which is a fork of Trident that’s far more interoperable with the mobile Web.

In this tutorial, I want to demonstrate what this looks like in Chrome on my MacBook and how to set it up.

TL;DR? Here are some Vines to show you it in action:

  • Mac OSX
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Win7

The tool is called RemoteIE and is designed to offer a virtualized version of the latest version of IE. This allows you to test out the latest version of IE without have to have a virtual machine installed. And if you want to test for past versions of IE, you can always use the free virtual machines on modern.IE by starting here.

Getting Set Up

I ran through the steps to use the tool myself and wanted to document everything in case you run into any hiccups.

First, head on over to which will take you to this page:

Select a Server

At which point you’ll be asked to download the Microsoft Remote Desktop app for whichever platform you want. This could be for:

  • Mac OS X

  • iPhone or iPad

  • Android

  • Windows x86 or x64

  • Windows RT

Application Permissions

If you have a or you can use that or you can register for a new one. No, you don’t need to use those services for anything else if you don’t want to but they’ve actually gotten way better and it might be worth a look.

Next, you’ll want to select which server is closest to you so you have the best possible performance:

Remote Homepage

You’ll need a Microsoft account to use the service since it needs to associate the service to that account.

Download App

As you can see, I was serious when I said this would be available cross-platform. On your Mac, download the app from the Apple App Store. Clicking on the “Mac” link will direct you to the online Apple store site.

App Store Preview

Click on the “View in Mac App Store” button so that you can launch the App Store app on your Mac. You’ll be presented by a confirmation notice from Chrome (or your fav OS X browser) to launch the external app:

Chrome External Protocol Request

And after you confirm it you’ll be in the App Store entry:

App Store Entry

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This is a great resource. Thanks! I’ve been meaning to try this, but I tend to get overwhelmed by the installation. It’s really handy to have a clear walkthrough like this. :slight_smile:

Google just released a tool to launch android apps on the desktop. seems the mobile and desktop is merging into one.

This program looks great. I just downloaded and tried it but it seems to either crash or just stop working when I try to test some websites on IE. Im using it on my mac and have an internet marketing company so being able to test websites on IE would be huge for me. Currently just use a crappy old dell that barely works.

Do you have any tips to make the program run better ?

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