February 4, 2007
IE6 + IE7 Virtual Love
IE 7's market share is growing quickly, still, developers will continue to need to test layouts and DHTML on IE 6 for some time to come. Sadly, there is no reliable way to run both IE 6 and IE 7 on the same OS. Multiple machines, or multiple virtual machines, is the only way to ensure a real-life testing environment.
Obviously, buying multiple machines or OS licenses incur costs. In recognition of this, Microsoft released a free VPC virtual machine containing a pre-activated WinXPSP2 w/IE 6 for your testing pleasure. Microsoft already offers Virtual PC for Windows for free, and is investigating releasing similar VPC images for older IE versions.
NOTE: The free image will time bomb on April 1st(!); presumably Microsoft will release a new image around then with a new time bomb date.Posted by Lewis Francis at February 4, 2007 6:21 PM