Most browsers have had an active developer channel for quite some time, but Internet Explorer was not a member of that select group until this week. Microsoft’s browser has now joined the developer channel elite with builds available for Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 systems!
F12 Interface screenshot courtesy of MSDN Blogs.
The builds are available in 32 and 64 bit flavors, and will not over-ride your current Internet Explorer installation as shown in the following quote:
From the MSDN blog post: IE Developer Channel can run alongside and independently of IE11, and has all of the browser features that you love in IE11, as well as the latest platform features we’re working on.
This is a wonderful opportunity for those who love testing cutting edge features in all browsers or want to keep abreast of possible new features in upcoming stable releases of Internet Explorer. Keep in mind that you will need (at a minimum) .NET 4.0 or higher and PowerShell 3.0 installed.
You can learn more about the new developer channel and download the appropriate version for your systems via the links below.
Announcing Internet Explorer Developer Channel [MSDN Blogs]
Download the Internet Explorer Developer Channel for Windows 7 SP1 [Microsoft Download Center]
Download the Internet Explorer Developer Channel for Windows 8.1 [Microsoft Download Center]
For those who may need to install PowerShell 3.0, you can download the appropriate version as part of ‘Windows Management Framework 3.0’ for your system here:
Download Windows Management Framework 3.0 [Microsoft Download Center]