An instant way to test Microsoft Edge

Until now, developers have been relying on virtual machines (VM) or PC’s with Windows 10 to test their products and websites on Microsoft Edge. To provide an easier way to test, Microsoft and BrowserStack are partnering to give developers a cloud-based infrastructure to instantly test and ship great experiences on Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge Testing in place of Edge Emulator

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it critical to test your websites on Microsoft Edge browser?

Microsoft Edge is the default browser on a Windows 10 system and currently is the third most popular browser when combined with Internet Explorer. In 2018, Microsoft Edge received rave reviews for its design upgrades and hence is pegged to gain popularity. Microsoft Edge’s mobile browser version is also deemed superior on aspects such as feature-richness and speed. Given different browsers have different rendering engines, it becomes important to test your websites on Microsoft Edge browser.

What is an Edge emulator?

The Edge emulator mimics a Microsoft Edge browser on your laptop or desktop. This allows developers and QA testers to do a quick check of their websites on Microsoft Edge online.

What are the disadvantages of using a Microsoft Edge emulator & simulator?

Emulators & Simulators only mimic an Edge browser screen and usually runs slower than a real device. For example, a test on Mac can’t be reliably done on an emulator or VM since developers and QA testers cannot mimic the exact CSS support and how certain interactions would work on a real device browser. Therefore a test on Edge is incomplete without running these tests on a real device.

Can we test a website on Microsoft Edge Browser online on Windows & Mac?

Yes. Microsoft Edge is the default browser on Windows 10 systems. So, if you do not have a Windows 10 workstation, you can access it via a real device cloud like BrowserStack, irrespective of whether you are on a Windows workstation or a Mac. Edge can also be run via a virtual machine (VM) in any device but that can mean compromising on your code and not guaranteeing a bug-free experience to your users. Microsoft Edge is moving to a Chromium engine soon, which should make it compatible with MacOS.

How does BrowserStack help you with free edge browser testing?

BrowserStack has partnered with Microsoft to give free Edge browser testing for upto 3 months. Microsoft itself recommends testing on BrowserStack. All you need to do is Sign Up and get started with testing your websites on Microsoft Edge on real devices. Along with Edge, you can also test on Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Opera and Chrome. We also provide plugins to integrate with CI/CD tools like Jenkins, TravisCI, Bamboo with ease. You can automate your tests and also debug using native dev tools.

*Available to all users who sign up on or after 30th March 2017