Expanding offers and VM delivery choices on modern.IE

We love hearing from developers that the virtual machines, tools and offers available on modern.IE are valuable to them, save them time and help make testing on Internet Explorer a little easier. That’s why we’re excited to let you know about a few new offerings we’re making available due to developer demand.

VMs available in Vagrant format for developer environment automation

Some developers let us know that they are using Vagrant to automate the setup and configuration of their development environments to ensure consistency and repeatability standing up their project machines.

As a result, we’ve made available the VirtualBox versions of modern.IE’s test VM’s for Vagrant users in beta form so that they can automatically download and layout those images for development and testing purposes. Check out the blog post by Cory Fowler to learn more about the support of Vagrant and how to get started. Let us know if these are valuable to you and if you’d like additional virtualization platforms made available from modern.IE through Twitter @IEDevChat.

Parallels Desktop 10 Supports direct download of modern.IE VMs

We’re always looking at new ways to get you access to IE for compatibility testing. In the new version of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac, we partnered with Parallels to make the modern.IE VMs accessible from within their new VM wizard directly, so you won’t have to separately download the VM archive pieces to put them together yourself. This handy access path provides the EULA and choice of IE/Windows versions directly in the product. For more information, check out the new Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac here and a video demonstrating the new integration (modern.IE integration demo starts at 4:15).

modern.IE VMs accessible directly from within Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac

Save 10% off Kraken.io’s Image Compression Service

If you didn’t know, our modern.IE site scanning tool uses Kraken.io’s service to check how many bytes could be squeezed out of images on a given page through the use of image compression and optimization algorithms. Kraken.io’s service can help save bandwidth and hosting costs for your sites through their highly tuned algorithms. As a special offer to modern.IE users, Kraken.io have made a 10% discount available via modern.IE on new monthly and yearly plans for the life of that subscription. Head over to the tools page on modern.IE to access their site with the discount code and sign up for a subscription.

As always, your feedback is welcome via Twitter @IEDevChat. Look out for future #AskIE Q&A sessions with the IE engineering team by following us on Twitter.

— Jason McConnell, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Internet Explorer