Internet Explorer 11 just passed Internet Explorer 8 as the world’s most popular web browser. While this may be the case for a wide range of reasons, there is one place where IE will remain dominant for the foreseeable future, the enterprise. Businesses use custom web applications to perform their daily operations and IE is the browser most IT departments rely on. To make the task of using IE specific applications and testing on non-Windows devices easier, the IE team has released RemoteIE.
RemoteIE uses similar technology to Microsoft’s remote desktop software to allow users to access an instance on their device regardless of the platform they are on. This technology allows for IE to be leveraged from a Mac, iOS, Android, or Windows Phone device with few compatibility concerns. Employees can now connect to a specific version of IE their company needs to perform their job. Since RemoteIE works regardless of the platform it is running on, employees can use a wider range of devices for more flexibility with their work.
RemoteIE works on the Azure app virtualizing engine which was announced earlier this year. This technology enables companies to stream a single app instead of virtualizing the entire OS to the device. This technology is at the core of the thin client dream; a dream where 99% of the computing is done on massive servers and the device users interact with is essentially a display with an internet connection.
RemoteIE does have some issues associated with being an app virtualization and not a native program. The response won’t be as fast or fluid due to the lack of hardware accelerated graphics. There are some limitations as the number of simultaneous instances users are allowed to run or for how long they can keep a single instance running. However, as the technology evolves it will become more fully featured and complete.
To get started, simply sign up at https://remote.modern.ie with your Microsoft account and follow the directions to download the Azure RemoteApp client for your platform.Further reading: IE, Internet Explorer, Microsoft