Free Microsoft Virtual machines to test software on Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 8 through Internet Explorer 11

So I was looking for a quick way to test my website on an older version of Internet Explorer.
And when I searched for free virtual environments I thought “Maybe searching for free Windows images is not such a good idea; I might end up at some weird place on the internet“.
But much to my surprise there actually are virtual machines to test software on Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 8 through Internet Explorer 11, issued by Microsoft itself.
They have a limited livespan of 90 days but for some testing this will do. And otherwise you can download a new one after this period.
You can download images for these browsers:

  • IE8 on Win7
  • IE9 on Win7
  • IE10 on Win7
  • IE11 on Win7
  • IE11 on Win81
  • Microsoft Edge on Win 10

Then, you can choose from these image formats:

  • VirtualBox
  • Vagrant
  • HyperV (Windows)
  • VPC (Windows)
  • VMware (Windows, Mac)
  • Parallels (Mac)

So whatever preference you may have, there is a download for you.

I am working with the IE11 on Win7 HyperV image, and it works like a charm.

You can download them  here:

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/

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