RemoteIE Announcement: Testing the Latest Version of Internet Explorer on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android

Original author: Anton Molleda
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Today, we are pleased to announce a preview of our new tool, RemoteIE , available through Azure RemoteApp technology . This is a free service from Microsoft that allows you to launch the latest version of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 Technical Preview from your device on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS or Android, without having to launch a new operating system or heavy virtual machine on the device.

In the future, this will be the recommended way to test the latest IE preview versions for developers who do not use Windows 10.

To get started, simply log in to with your Microsoft account and follow the instructions to install the Azure Remote App client for your platform.

Why did we do RemoteIE?

In June of this year, we announced the launch of the IE Developer Channel, an opportunity to get a fresh preview build of Internet Explorer. Starting October 1, we began distributing the latest IE builds as part of the Windows 10 Technical Preview , in which the browser will receive automatic updates through Windows Insider programs.

In addition, we started providing virtual machines with a stable version of IE on modern.IE .

We know that developers on Windows 7 also want to be able to test fresh builds of IE and that, in general, a wide community of developers would like to have access to builds of IE on other platforms. To address these needs effectively and comprehensively, we made RemoteIE on top of the previewAzure RemoteApp , - as the next step in the evolution of IE Dev Channel. Our goal is to provide a single, simple solution for previous versions of Windows and other platforms, to make IE widely available for testing for all web developers and to help make the web accessible to all.

How RemoteIE Works

Azure RemoteApp Preview is powered by the Windows Server Remote Desktop Services infrastructure, leveraging Azure’s global reach and reliability. Launched as a preview in May, this service allows you to run Windows applications on multiple devices from the Azure cloud.

In his essay, RemoteIE provides access to a fresh build of Internet Explorer on Technical Preview through Azure RemoteApp. With RemoteIE, you can test the latest build of IE directly from your device on Windows, Mac, Android or iOS. Once you install the RemoteApp client for your platform, within seconds you can connect to IE running in the Azure cloud.

In the future, we will update the version of RemoteIE in accordance with how the new builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview will be publicly released.

A few technical considerations:
  • IE is the only application available, but it includes developer tools (F12)!
  • The Remote App requires Windows Server 2012 or a newer version, so older versions will not be available (however, through F12 you can change the compatibility mode).
  • Sessions are limited to save server resources. With a simple session for 10 minutes, it will be over. Also, no session can last more than 60 minutes - you will need to start a new one.
  • Performance will not be exactly the same as when starting IE natively (for example, there is no graphic acceleration). If you want to start the browser natively, join the Windows Insider program or download virtual machines from modern.IE.
  • RemoteIE cannot open local sites or domains behind a firewall. Make sure you have a publicly accessible IP address or URL for the site under test.
  • Since RemoteIE and Azure RemoteApp are in preview state, there may be service outages.

Answers to other common questions can be found in our FAQ .

Tell us what you think

By releasing the RemoteIE preview, we want to give you the opportunity to test fresh IE builds on other platforms through Azure RemoteApp. Please try and leave your feedback. We'll be happy to find out what you’ll think of on @IEDevChat or through the UserVoice forums for Internet Explorer or Azure RemoteApp .

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