A few days ago at Build 2015, we named Microsoft Edge, the browser built from the ground up for Windows 10. Shortly after, we have hosted the Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2015 with many sessions on Microsoft Edge for web developers that you can watch recorded on Channel9.
Two years ago, the Internet Explorer team created modern.IE with the goal of helping web developers build and test interoperable web sites using tools such as a static code scan and online and offline virtualization tools for IE. Since then we’ve made great progress developing this resource: our tools and VMs have been continuously updated, we began publishing our standards support roadmap on modern.IE status, and we committed to the principle that the Web should just work for everyone. Alongside these initiatives we’ve been providing more access to the engineering team than ever with the web community by engaging in new channels like our reddit AMA and monthly #AskIE Twitter chats (now replaced with #AskMSEdge).
As a resource for web developers, we are inviting you to the beta of the new Microsoft Edge Dev site, the successor to modern.IE. This is our unified resource for web developers looking to learn about Microsoft Edge and the team that builds it, and is where you can get updated versions of our cross-platform site testing tools. The site includes:
- A new Platform Status page: We’ve updated modern.IE status based on your feedback to make it easier to filter and find the information you are looking for.
- A Microsoft Edge change log: As we ship faster and more openly than ever, including early previews through the Windows Insider Program, we saw a need to provide an up-to-date listing of what’s new in each preview and stable release.
- A new developer FAQ: We’ve compiled the most common questions from our #AskIE chats so you can find the answers to your questions about Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10. This will be a living document – you can always reach out to @MSEdgeDev if your questions don’t appear here. Maybe we’ll add yours next!
- We’ve updated our TestDrive web site, where you can find open source and interoperable demos showing the latest web platform technologies supported by Microsoft Edge.
The existing, free tools available on modern.IE remain available to you:
- RemoteIE: Free test service using Azure RemoteApp to run IE on your Windows, Mac, iOS or Android device.
- Virtual Machines: Test versions of IE from 6 through 11 using virtual machines you download and manage locally.
- Quick Site Scan: Run a quick static code scan on any URL to check for out-of-date libraries, layout issues and accessibility.
- Generate Screenshots: See how your site renders across 9 common browsers and devices.
Over the coming months we will be working on adding new features, sections and content to take it out of beta. If you’d like to see a new feature or have feedback, reach out to @MSEdgeDev and let us know!
The best way to try Edge today, is by means of the Windows 10 Insider Program, which gives you access to the latest Windows 10 Preview builds, containing the Edge browser.
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