Microsoft talked recently about gaining more of a developer community for Internet Explorer, and now, with version 12, the company is doing just that. Both Firefox and Chrome have implemented developer versions in the past as a way to test the cutting edge ideas that could find their way into future stable releases. Now the Redmond company is doing the same.
“Today we’re excited to announce the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functioning browser designed to give Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features we’re working on”, says Jason Weber of the IE team.
This version of the browser will be available for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1. It will be capable of running side-by-side with version 11 of the web browser. The company went on the spell out what it plans to offer with this new version.
- An enhanced debugging experience with event breakpoints that help you get to your event-driven bugs faster.
- Richer analysis capabilities throughout the Memory and UI Responsiveness profilers, which support further reduction of noise through multi-dimensional timeline filter, while further increasing the semantic value of the data being reported by lighting up performance.measure() based instrumentation and dominator folding.
- An improved navigation experience that provides more keyboard shortcuts (ctrl+[ and ctrl + ]), as well as new header notifications, which allows you to quickly determine whether any of the profiling tools are running or how many errors your page has.
You can find both versions by following the download links below. As always, with releases such as this, do not expect complete stability or rely on it as your primary software.