The Easiest Way to Run IE6, IE7, IE8 & IE9 at the Same Time
Update: The Browser Sandbox no longer supports IE. I am now using IETester to run the different IE versions instead.
As web developers, we constantly face the challenge of making websites cross-browser compatible. Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) usually proves the biggest hurdle due to its quirks of rendering websites differently across its versions of IE6, IE7, IE8 and possibly IE9.
Most of us have only one version of Internet Explorer installed on our computer at any one time. Some of us install virtual PCs to use the different versions. Others resort to running to coworkers’ workstations with another IE version. But here’s a quick and easy way to run IE6, IE7, IE8 and IE9 on the same computer at the same time.
The Browser Sandbox allows you to run popular web browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Safari, Chrome and of course IE6, IE7, IE8 and IE9 side by side.
- Visit the Browser Sandbox.
- Select a browser by clicking its corresponding green launch button.
Note: You would be prompted to sign in or create a free account if you haven’t.
- The buffering process starts. Wait for it to finish and the browser will launch automatically.
Note: If you are working with that particular browser/version for the first time, you may be prompted to install a plugin.
So far I find this the simplest way to test a site on IE6, IE7, IE8 and IE9, and have yet to notice any discrepancy in the rendering between this and the locally installed IE. Fellow developers, how do you usually test your projects on Internet Explorer?