It is about two months back when I was providing final touches to the look of my blog, I found a desperate need of some way to test the design and layout in multiple browsers just to ensure that users using different browsers could view the site as it was intended to be without layout, rendering issues etc. It was easy to test in Opera, Firefox and Internet Explorer 7.0 but I was also interested to test my website in older versions of Internet Explorer 5.5, 6.0 etc. because still a sizable number of users are using these versions of Internet Explorer. Despite my search I could not find a simple solution.
But a few days back I found a very nice software package called Multiple IE that rolls all the older version of Internet Explorer in to a neat little installer. Most interesting thing is that all these Internet Explorer versions can be installed and used in the same windows installation. I have tested it in Windows XP and I am sure it will also work with Vista. Internet Explorer versions that are rolled in to the installer are as follows:
- Internet Explorer 3.0
- Internet Explorer 4.01
- Internet Explorer 5.01
- Internet Explorer 5.5
- Internet Explorer 6.01
I am mostly interested in testing for the Internet Explorer 5.5 – 6.0. Internet Explorer 3.0 and 4.0 are a little too old and a lot of work may be involved if you want to make your website work with these older IE versions properly.
So if you have installed latest Internet Explorer 7.0 or Internet Explorer 8.0 beta, you can still test your website design, layout and functionality in an older version of the Internet Explorer because of this wonderful software package. No need to test your website layout on a friend’s PC or in virtual machine now!
Of course, you may want to install these ancient versions of the Internet Explorer for any other reason but I can’t think of any for now. If you have some solid reason then let me know!
You can download it here.
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