Microsoft is working hard to get folks back to Internet Explorer recently. In light of continued claims that Google Chrome isn’t as secure for your data, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to target advertising that promotes IE, such as their recent advertisement that referenced the 90s, in short saying that people from the 90s grew up, and so did Internet Explorer.
In their latest promotional effort, Micorsoft has now launched the site modern.ie. So what’s that all about? It is a new service designed to give developers a way to “ensure their sites work beautifully across Internet Explorer as well as other modern browsers”, says Microsoft’s Ryan Gavin.
Additionally Gavin says, “we want to help. We want the web to move forward. And we genuinely want web developers to spend more time innovating and less time testing. That is where modern.ie comes in”
Now this doesn’t neccessarily help Microsoft draw in more consumers to Internet Explorer, but it could generate more loyalty out of web developers. These web developers might find metro.ie useful enough to start using (and recommending) Internet Explorer at work and home. In turn, that results to big browser marketshare.
Alright, so how does this work? You simply head over to metro.ie and enter your URL for the site you want to have Metro.IE take a look at. The site will scan it and produce a full report using what Microsoft is calling its “Code detection wizard”. The tool indentifies problems that can result for supporting older IE versions and will ensure that it will work on a variety of different modern platforms including televisions, tablets, desktops, laptops and phones.
Naturally, the service also generates specific tips for making your sites look and work great with Windows 8 and the Modern UI, as well as virtual testing using Browser Stack. Finally, Metro.IE will provide coding tips and best practices.
Microsoft further states “while this list of tech tips doesn’t include every insight shared by developers, it represents some of the most common patterns and practices to make coding for the web easier”.
Last but not least, there is also a link to IE10 and a tour of the new browser for those interested. Honestly I think this is an excellent idea. By providing a tool like this for developers, you show you care about ensuring websites work on all of today’s modern devices.
The fact that this isn’t specifically tailored only for Internet Explorer optimization is a nice touch as well. What do you think, a good idea that could win Microsoft back some web developer fans or not?