Thursday, July 17, 2014

Installing multiple versions of browser on one machine

Installing multiple versions of browser on one machine

Cross-browser testing of web pages is a biggest pain in the career of a User Interface developer. It is a necessary step that usually involves the use of multiple computers. This article share a method to do Cross-browser testing by installing multiple version of same browser on one machine.



IE 6 (the real pain ;-)): 
Download and install Virtual Box 
Download the IE6 XP image for VirtualBox from the modern.IE website. 
Import the XP image file to VirtualBox.

modern.IE - Cross-Browser IE Testing Tools Suite 
Microsoft recently started providing a free service called modern.IE.
modern.IE is an undertaking my Microsoft to make cross-browser testing for the Internet Explorer browsers easier. Microsoft has created modern.IE to provide developers and designers with a suite of tools to facilitate IE browser testing.
IE offers is a virtualization image of each browser from IE 6 to IE 10, which can be run on virtualization software like VirtualBox, Virtual PC, Hyper-V or VMWare Player on Windows, Mac or Linux.
Additionally, modern.IE also provides a tool which scans your web page for common coding problems and lists them out for you to correct so that they display correctly in all IE versions.

FireFox:
Utilu Mozilla Firefox Collection.
Firebug, the Web Developer toolbar and Flash are also included.

Opera:
All installers are available on Opera
Multiple versions can be installed side-by-side without any problems. 
During the installation, choose "Custom", and a different directory.
On installation, also choose to use the same profile for all users.
Important preference: Settings > Preferences > Advanced > Security > Do not check for updates.

Chrome:
Stand-alone installers can be downloaded from File Hippo.
It is also possible to run multiple Chrome versions side-by-side.

Safari:
Support on Windows has been discontinued. The last supported Safari version on Windows is 5.1.7; you need a Mac or an OS X VM to test your sites in newer Safari versions.
Download other versions from Oldapps

Other free online services:
http://browsershots.org
http://netrenderer.com
https://www.modern.ie/en-us/screenshots


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