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Pollute Your Mac By Installing Internet Explorer

 Assets Resources 2007 11 Ies4Osx
Though the idea of installing a Windows app on a Mac may be sacrilegious to the zealots out there, one of the necessities of being a web application developer is access to as many browsers as possible. That’s the curse. We need to be make sure that our websites look the same in all browsers on all platforms, especially Internet Explorer (since it has an 80% user share last time I checked).

Check out ies4osx if you’re interested. It’s free and pretty straightforward.


December 3, 2007 - Posted by | How-To, Mac, Software, Windows


  1. This is a godsend! …I never thought I’d be saying “I can’t wait to install IE on my Mac!” Now I’ll actually be able to see how embedded objects, etc. work for ‘The Others’!

    I think 80% was w/ the TC ‘abused’ (…umm, I mean ‘users’). It’s under 60%, according to while Firefox is rapidly gaining market share (up to 36% now).

    …60% is still a huge chunk of the uninformed, though.

    Comment by DT | December 3, 2007

  2. Alas, you need an Intel Mac. …Let me dig around in the couch for a spare $1500…

    Comment by DT | December 3, 2007

  3. Why not just run a virtual Windows instance via vmware, or maybe just run IE via Parallels? Since IE on the Mac is not an official release from MS, making a webpage compatible with it doesn’t seem necessary. Making it compatible with IE on Windows, though, *that’s* a good thing to do. From a purely QA point of view, seems like a homemade IE port to OSX wouldn’t be a valid IE test. 🙂

    Comment by Joe | December 3, 2007

  4. I could totally be wrong on this, but both VMware and Parallels require an Intel Mac to run.

    I don’t think anyone is talking about making anything compatible with IE for Mac. I’m pretty sure MS ditched that project in 2003/4/5(?) and now suggests using Safari (they couldn’t possibly say Firefox, now could they?).

    My one and only reason for wanting (that’s not really the right word) Windows IE on a Mac is for checking the layout and functionality of a website (no matter how simple the design) while it’s in development. Right now the only option on a PPC Mac that I’m aware of is to view a static version through an online IE renderer.

    Comment by DT | December 4, 2007

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