Microsoft’s modern.IE development site has saved developers over 1 million hours of coding and testing

You might not be familiar with Microsoft’s modern.IE (opens in new tab) website, but web developers around the globe sure are. The website launched by Microsoft focuses on providing tools, documentation, and industry connections for web developers who are trying to get the best optimization out of Internet Explorer and other web browsers. Recently, the site has claimed that it has saved over one million development hours using its various techniques since it launched in January 2013.

Visiting the site provides free virtual machines for performance testing, access to an automated BrowserStack screenshot process, and tips on fixing common coding issues within your site. According to Microsoft, over 750,000 developers, adding up to a total saving of 1 hour and 20 minutes each, have used the virtualization technology. The company has also stated that those above have saved, on average, 2 hours and 48 minutes by using the provided BrowserStack ability; these statistics are in comparison to developers manually building and testing on virtual machines from scratch.

The tools themselves have certainly saved web developers a good portion of their quality testing time, and have helped them build fully unified website experiences across multiple browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.). In addition, thanks to Sauce Labs, the code used by Microsoft on their site to determine the compatibility of your own site is available for download on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 open source license.

If you are not visiting the site for the development testing tools, then you might want to check out the other resources available to you. Collections of web development articles including “how to make your site more interoperable” and “[updating] your site for web standards” are available for your knowledge gain.  You can even check out featured code demos and meet developers from around the globe to spark up a conversation with.

Are you a web developer – have you used Microsoft’s modern.IE website to enhance your coding and development experience?

Source: Microsoft

  • Why is a stupid fruit computer in a video by Internet Explorer!? What was Microsoft thinking!
  • Where is the mac in this ad.
  • Its near the start of the video (and is the screenshot in the article). You think they'd use a Surface Pro 2 or something and not their competition's laptop.
  • What makes you think that is a MAC, there is no apple logo?
  • You can tell because of the accessories and the general shape of it.
  • Because Modern.IE is also focused on Mac users?
  • I guess I was just in shock that they're using something they're competing with. I've tried to kill my old habit of immediately being against something I don't like. I guess the habit's a zombie now.
  • Because the majority of developers and designers using it are mac users
  • I m not a developer but i am aware about how hard they are working :) they have lots of videos to illustrate and development of more intellectual apps (y) Hats off to MS.. Sir Bill Gates :) :)
  • This is why I like Microsoft helping others whether it software or charity.
  • Those are a couple of great tools, up to the next year!
  • I love to hear about stuff like this. Great to see. But would people use it if it only saved them an hour or so? I may have read it wrong, and I am concerned that I am about to be shot down. Great that they offer help like this though.
  • I understood the article to say the 1-2 hours saved was on building their own virtual machines for testing different browsers, not on actual testing of their sites in the different combinations of OSs, browsers, etc.
  • You are probably right. I applaud MS for making the effort.
  • Urgh they would've saved developers even more by not releasing IE 6, 7 & 8 and by actually following web standards
  • In all fairness there were a ton of sites that they would have broken by just flipping over to the current standards like that. 7 was nowhere near as bad as 6 and 8 was even better. I like where they are because they don't keep making their own special standards like a lot of modern browsers do and ruining the consistency of html 5.
  • I wish Google would follow Web standards.
  • Don't we all. I like the idea of progressing the web but not via pushing your own standards that work best with your own software. Apple started the trend with Safari and Google is doing the same.
  • Tell that to current safari and chrome too. Oh ... and to a lots of web developers too (not majority IMO, but still a lot). They tend to use -webkit prefixes on their css and ommit even the standard one (same handle, only without -webkit thing).
  • Oh, I know it well. I'm pretty appalled in this day and age when I visit a website and get a message to install a specific browser because the developer only built it around their favorite one. This isn't the year 2000 and that is seriously lazy design.
  • If only there was a way to test my site running on "localhost" server !! is it possible ?  
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  • Two macs , wat
  • Not yet but will
  • Well since Internet Explorer doensn't support plugins like Ghostery i will not change back from firefox. I want to save my privacy, with IE it isn't possible, the lists are not good enough.. sadly, because i love the browser, but without ghostery i won't change back.