Windows IE on Mac

February 22, 2008

Anyone who does web development on Mac has a major thorn in his or her USB port: how to test content for the way 4 out of 5 people see it in Windows Internet Explorer (may Mac Internet Explorer rest permanently in peace). Since Mac moved to Intel chips, there are excellent virtualization solutions (like Fusion and Parallels) that allow you to run OS X and Windows simultaneously, but those solutions can be resource intensive (not to mention costly, once you factor in a legal license for Windows).

ies4osx is a great solution that allows you to run different versions of IE (5, 5.5, 6, 7 – which you can’t do in a Windows installation) without running Windows, thanks to Darwine, a port of the Wine libraries for Mac OS X. Turns out you can have your cake and eat it too.

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