The Internet Explorer team has been working hard to showcase the power of HTML5 over the past few years by building unique websites that show that the future of the web relies on web browsers, not apps. To build on this momentum, a few months back, Microsoft launched Modern.IE, a set of free developer tools designed to help programmers build and test their code more efficiently. In addition to pairing with the Webby Awards, the IE team is pushing out a few updates to the Modern.IE website.
The updates to the Modern.IE service include new ways to test a site's compatibility and a few more options to scan your site to detect site issues. The following is Microsoft's description of the new features:
For designers and developers, today we announce the availability of the Windows QuickStart for iOS including Parallels Desktop 8 and Windows 8. We have also updated modern.IE with new enhancements and virtualized copies of IE10 on Windows 7 and IE8 on Windows XP for testing purposes.
Additionally, Microsoft is offering Mac developers a copy of Windows 8 and Parallels Desktop 8 for a $25 donation to charity(courtesy of swish.com), but the supply is limited, so make sure to pre-order here.
These updates will help Modern.IE become an even more powerful tool for developers and will hopefully shave down the time required to build sites that are compatible with Internet Explorer.
Not to let the fun stop with a few Modern.IE updates, the IE team is also pairing up with the Webby Awards to unveil a new winners gallery that uses the latest web standards. The gallery will showcase the last 16 years of winners and will feature a touch-enabled features such as gesture support to make browsing fast and fluid on devices like Microsoft's Surface tablets.