Microsoft today announced, that it is now allowing developers, to test the latest version of Internet Explorer not only on Windows, but also on MacOS X, iOS and Android. This announcement, is quite possibly, Microsoft’s last attempt, at saving the dying IE brand.

The major relief to developers, with this announcement, is the fact, that this new “Remote IE” (as Microsoft calls it) can be run on all these OSes, without the need to run a new OS or heavyweight virtual machine on your device.

This is what Microsoft’s Official statement reads like :

Today, we’re excited to announce the preview availability of RemoteIE via Azure RemoteApp. This is a free service from Microsoft that allows you to run the latest version of Internet Explorer on the Windows 10 Technical Preview from your Windows, Mac OS X, iOS or Android devices.

The Azure RemoteApp preview builds on the Windows Server Remote Desktop Services infrastructure while also leveraging Azure’s global scale and utility-grade reliability. The service, released to preview in May, enables you to run Windows applications on a variety of devices from the Azure cloud.

There are few technical considerations, which developers need to keep in mind :

  • IE will be the only application available, though that includes the F12 Developer tools!
  • Remote App requires Windows Server 2012 or newer so no older versions will be available (although you can use the F12 Developer tools to change the compatibility modes).
  • Sessions are limited to conserve server resources. Sessions idle for 10 minutes will be logged out and no session can last more than 60 minutes – you’ll need to start a new session.
  • Performance will not be the same as running IE natively (e.g. no GPU acceleration). If you want to run it natively join the Windows Insiders program to get the Windows 10 Technical Preview or download a VM from modern.IE.
  • RemoteIE will not be able to navigate to local sites or domains behind a firewall. Be sure to have a publicly accessible IP address or URL to test with.
  • Because RemoteIE and Azure RemoteApp are in preview, there may be service interruptions.

To get started, you need to simply sign up at with your Microsoft account and follow the directions to download the Azure RemoteApp client for your platform.

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