Further to my last post on this subject, I just got wind of a rather interesting Microsoft blog post offering a solution to the “how do I test my web pages on Internet Explorer 6 after I’ve installed Internet Explorer 7?” quandary. Microsoft is giving away a disk image (that can be run on their free virtualisation software, Virtual PC) containing Windows XP SP2, with IE6.
One downside is that the disk image weighs in at a whopping 435MB or so. And like any other virtualisation software, you’ll need a reasonably quick machine to run Virtual PC at a usable speed. Oh, and the image expires 1st April 2007 — although there might well be more to follow (and possibly, further images with other versions of IE).
No it’s not perfect, but I think MS deserves some credit for recognising what is a genuine problem for web developers, and offering a free solution.