Microsoft launches Internet Explorer developer version; shows us the browser's future

Not the new Internet Explorer. Pretty picture though.

Internet Explorer has seen some major improvements in the last few version but Microsoft is far from done. With that in mind, the company has now launched “Internet Explorer Developer Channel”, a beta version of IE that gives users an idea of what’s to come.

Most modern browsers, including Chrome and Firefox offer developers and enthusiasts a beta version. This version usually comes with new features that need to be tested before they’re widely released. Now Microsoft is joining the party with the so-called IE Dev Channel.

IE Dev Channel is a beta version that gives developers a glimpse of what Microsoft is working on for its future versions of Internet Explorer. This isn’t an early version of IE 12 though, rather it’s a numberless version of IE that bundles together improvements destined for IE12 and beyond.

So far this version doesn't unveil any new major features but the program does feature some small additions. First up, this version features the Gamepad API hat lets users control some elements in their browser with their console controllers. Microsoft added support for this in some of their previous web experiences such as Atari Arcade. Secondly, it offers improved dev tools and finally this version includes improvements to WebGL bringing IE's Conformance Test score up to 97%.

The company has been silent on how IE Dev will be updated or even what the update timetable looks like. But if Microsoft is taking hints from its competitors, we’re likely to see an automated update once every 4-6 weeks that adds new features and fixes bugs. We’re hoping this will also be the place where we’ll soon see those “substantial UI changes” that the company hinted at.

If you want to try this version out you can find it here. It works with Windows 8.x as well as Windows 7 but users should be warned that this is not designed to replace the regular version of IE. In fact, Internet Explorer Developer Channel uses Microsoft’s App-V virtualization system to keep the browser sandboxed. As such, folks won’t be able to set it as a default browser and won’t be able to sync any of their settings and this version will probably run slower than the official current version you have installed.

Source: Microsoft  Thanks to Frank B for the tip! | Image via Microsoft

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Let's hope this is the version that gets the aforementioned "UI changes" first. Installed it and I'm gonna use it as a primary browser, at least until IE12.

That's odd. When I run the Khronos test suite on my laptop I get:

"Results: (18640 of 20899 passed, 3 timed out)"

... which is only 89.1% and not the 97% as claimed.

http://s25.postimg.org/wvo4bwjen/Untitled.png

[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i001: Burn v3.7.1224.0, Windows v6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1), path: C:\Users\Allwynd\Desktop\IEDeveloperChannel-Windows6.1-x64.exe, cmdline: '-burn.unelevated BurnPipe.{D1EC1393-70C2-4972-B1F7-34A01682B459} {CCC82213-826F-434D-AFDB-435AA2850B4B} 3820'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting string variable 'WixBundleLog' to value 'C:\Users\Allwynd\AppData\Local\Temp\Internet_Explorer_Developer_Channel_20140616210714.log'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting string variable 'WixBundleOriginalSource' to value 'C:\Users\Allwynd\Desktop\IEDeveloperChannel-Windows6.1-x64.exe'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting string variable 'WixBundleName' to value 'Internet Explorer Developer Channel'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i100: Detect begin, 4 packages
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting version variable 'IEVersion' to value '11.0.9600.17126'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting string variable 'NetFramework' to value '1'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer Developer Channel\AppV'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\AppV\Client'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\3'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer Developer Channel'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer Developer Channel\AppV'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'AppVInstalled AND AppVOwner = "14.06.13.2228"' evaluates to false.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i101: Detected package: appv_client_setup.exe, state: Absent, cached: None
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i101: Detected package: actions.msi, state: Absent, cached: None
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i101: Detected package: IEDC.msi, state: Absent, cached: None
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i101: Detected package: register.msi, state: Absent, cached: None
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'NOT RebootPending' evaluates to true.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'WixBundleInstalled OR (VersionNT >= v6.1 AND NTProductType <= 1)' evaluates to true.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'VersionNT64' evaluates to true.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'WixBundleInstalled OR IEVersion >= v11' evaluates to true.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'WixBundleInstalled OR (PowerShell AND NetFramework)' evaluates to false.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]e000: Error 0x81f40001: Bundle condition evaluated to false: WixBundleInstalled OR (PowerShell AND NetFramework)
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i199: Detect complete, result: 0x0

Allwynd said,
http://s25.postimg.org/wvo4bwjen/Untitled.png

[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i001: Burn v3.7.1224.0, Windows v6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1), path: C:\Users\Allwynd\Desktop\IEDeveloperChannel-Windows6.1-x64.exe, cmdline: '-burn.unelevated BurnPipe.{D1EC1393-70C2-4972-B1F7-34A01682B459} {CCC82213-826F-434D-AFDB-435AA2850B4B} 3820'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting string variable 'WixBundleLog' to value 'C:\Users\Allwynd\AppData\Local\Temp\Internet_Explorer_Developer_Channel_20140616210714.log'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting string variable 'WixBundleOriginalSource' to value 'C:\Users\Allwynd\Desktop\IEDeveloperChannel-Windows6.1-x64.exe'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting string variable 'WixBundleName' to value 'Internet Explorer Developer Channel'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i100: Detect begin, 4 packages
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting version variable 'IEVersion' to value '11.0.9600.17126'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Setting string variable 'NetFramework' to value '1'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer Developer Channel\AppV'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\AppV\Client'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\3'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer Developer Channel'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i000: Registry key not found. Key = 'Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer Developer Channel\AppV'
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'AppVInstalled AND AppVOwner = "14.06.13.2228"' evaluates to false.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i101: Detected package: appv_client_setup.exe, state: Absent, cached: None
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i101: Detected package: actions.msi, state: Absent, cached: None
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i101: Detected package: IEDC.msi, state: Absent, cached: None
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i101: Detected package: register.msi, state: Absent, cached: None
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'NOT RebootPending' evaluates to true.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'WixBundleInstalled OR (VersionNT >= v6.1 AND NTProductType <= 1)' evaluates to true.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'VersionNT64' evaluates to true.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'WixBundleInstalled OR IEVersion >= v11' evaluates to true.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i052: Condition 'WixBundleInstalled OR (PowerShell AND NetFramework)' evaluates to false.
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]e000: Error 0x81f40001: Bundle condition evaluated to false: WixBundleInstalled OR (PowerShell AND NetFramework)
[0F54:083C][2014-06-16T21:07:14]i199: Detect complete, result: 0x0

That's because your machine is out of date. You need to install PowerShell 3 or 4. You also need .Net 4.0. Also make sure you have IE11 installed.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

That's because your machine is out of date. You need to install PowerShell 3 or 4. You also need .Net 4.0. Also make sure you have IE11 installed.

i already noticed that and installed powershell 3, after that, i installed the developer thing successfully

The binary itself is version 11.0.09600.17123.
The other is related to AppV, Microsofts virtualization platform for applications.

Doesn't work on Windows Server 2008 R2. In fact it won't even install. That doesn't seem right at all
Something designed primarily for developers, and it cannot be installed on a workstation / server?

DJGM said,
Doesn't work on Windows Server 2008 R2. In fact it won't even install. That doesn't seem right at all Something designed primarily for developers, and it cannot be installed on a workstation / server?
"The Developer Channel is available for download today for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 customers running Internet Explorer 11."

it's not for servers.

timster said,

"The Developer Channel is available for download today for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 customers running Internet Explorer 11."

it's not for servers.


If this is primarily for developers, it should available primarily to Windows Server users.

The new Dev Tools Panel (F12) is AMAZING! The other browsers should take note hehe. Also the Dev Channel version of the IE icon is neat :).

George P said,
Sounds good, I'm going to give it a try.

*edit*

145MB for the Windows 8.1 64bit version, :o

I know it's huge!

ians18 said,

I know it's huge!

Well, this sucks, can't get it to install, gives me an error and wants me to restart but I don't want to restart my system at this point.

George P said,

145MB for the Windows 8.1 64bit version, :o
That's one of the things most browser-makers have to face over the years because it needs to be downloaded (not preinstalled). Obviously IE never had to.

George P said,

Well, this sucks, can't get it to install, gives me an error and wants me to restart but I don't want to restart my system at this point.

same here, I'm going to try to install one more time to see if it works. I really want to test this out :(

link6155 said,

same here, I'm going to try to install one more time to see if it works. I really want to test this out :(

I think it might be an App-V issue, let me know if it works out for you or if you find a fix.

Pluto is a Planet said,
That's one of the things most browser-makers have to face over the years because it needs to be downloaded (not preinstalled). Obviously IE never had to.
That's because you're not downloading just Internet Explorer Developer channel, but also App-V.