1 Thing Microsoft can do with Windows Pro

As a Microsoft Technology Professional, I always TRY to support Microsoft products.  And in many cases I’ll advocate for the implementation of a Microsoft product as well.  BUT, Internet Explorer has been a nightmare for most developers – no matter your flavor.  Internet Explorer hasn’t been my default browser since the early 2000s. Unfortunately, many businesses do require there employees to use only Internet Explorer and with that, as a developer, you have to develop and test for IE. Now this is where it gets not so cool.  Often times developers must put in special fixes for IE such as the infamous condition CSS tag like:

<!–[if IE 7]> <link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”ie7.css”> <![endif]–>

With that said, quite often the case is IE behaves differently based on versions, so you’ll thrown in a condition for IE8, IE9, and so far.  So this is a challenge, and where there’s challenge there’s opportunity!

I think it would be cool to enable the Professional version of Windows to allow users to install multiple versions of Internet Explorer.

The opportunity: So often, as a developer, tester, project manager, or tech support personnel – we need the capability to test applications against older versions of the browser.  Unfortunately modifying the Browser Mode or Document Mode doesn’t provide an accurate response in all cases, especially when dealing with JavaScript and CSS.  So hopefully someone at Microsoft sees this and implements this into their next version.  Just give me a shout.

“I’m trying to turn something tragic into sudden greatness”