93 responses

  1. 49ers
    October 19, 2015

    Great tip, thanks!

  2. Michael Ludwig
    October 19, 2015

    Shame that it doesn’t appear to work for Edge – the latest MS browser

    • Mark Lloyd
      November 18, 2015

      Use a Windows 10 virtual machine in the free VM Ware or commercial Parallels to use Edge on your desktop.

  3. Jimbo
    October 19, 2015

    Mine doesn’t have the IE option, Just Word, Powerpoint, Paint, Excel etc.

    • Daniel
      October 20, 2015

      Yup same for me, no IE11 just some office apps…bummer.

    • Rob
      January 30, 2016

      Same here, no IE, just Excel, Paint, PowerPoint
      Visio, Word – seems this exercise was a waste of time.

    • Jennessee
      March 2, 2016

      Same here. Followed the instructions carefully, & IE is simply not an option. I’ve looked through the comments, hoping for a solution, but all I see is criticism. Bummer, indeed.

      • O’Brien
        March 2, 2016

        I followed instructions and it worked for me perfectly, I am running the browser right now on the Mac.

        Also use this site search feature for “Microsoft Edge on Mac” and you will find instructions for running the Edge browser too.

      • Allison
        March 22, 2016

        At first I didn’t see the IE option either. I signed-off the App and then signed back in, after “Go to Modern.IE and subscribe to the service” and it appeared.

        I had downloaded the App prior to subscribing so perhaps that was the issue.

        My problem now is I need to download Java and it says I don’t have administrator rights.

      • Stella
        April 19, 2016

        Did this and it worked thanks!

      • Paul
        April 19, 2016

        You do not need to install Java in order to run Internet Explorer 11 on the Mac this way

      • Bryar
        March 22, 2016

        Yup, just tried this and have the same issue.

      • roi
        April 7, 2016

        I can’t find IE. I signed out and back in. Does anyone know what I can do?

      • Meghan
        May 10, 2016

        Same issue! I keep signing in out and out but no IE option comes up- just the office and visio apps….very frustrating!!

  4. Michael
    October 19, 2015

    Interesting tip – however was not offered IE11 but a trial of Office 2013.

    How do I get hold of IE11 instead?

  5. Michael S
    October 19, 2015

    I’m certainly missing the point of this article. I understand the ‘how’. I’m more interested in the ‘why’ which the article does not address. I use Safari, because it integrates to all of the Apple ecosystem. I don’t think with the data rate speeds and chip speeds that using IE would make that big of a difference.
    Anyone want to provide a easy understanding?

    • Om Miro
      October 20, 2015

      Michael S, did you skip directly to the comments? The first paragraph of the tutorial directly addresses the “why IE” question, maybe don’t skim next time and you shall find the answer.

      “useful for web developers and web designers in particular, but some Mac users may find it necessary to use IE 11 in order to access a particular web service or website as well”

      Developers know all about IE.

    • Toby
      October 22, 2015

      I have to access certain websites that lose functionality in Safari and only work with IE. Even in 2015, this still happens. So for me, this is a great work around.

  6. John Lange
    October 19, 2015

    I’m sorry but Windoze has proven unusable for me again. I created a new Microsoft account (against my better judgement) and when I went to sign in to the account it kept saying that my password was incorrect. The one I had just signed up for! Why does anyone use this junk?

    • BrooklynBob
      October 20, 2015

      Your password WAS incorrect.

  7. VTBassman
    October 19, 2015

    What’s the privacy aspect of this?

  8. Ralphy
    October 19, 2015

    Why in the world would you want to run IE when there are so many good options that don’t involve Microsoft and all the security risks?—- Just Saying. —- Think about it.

    • Roo
      October 19, 2015

      What are those good options? All I’ve got is the ones that are getting crappier and crappier. 😡

      • Mustrashh
        October 19, 2015

        Every option is better then IE. Even Safari. Try out Vivaldi browser, but keep in mind that it is for power users + still in alpha. But even in that state it is way more powerful than all other browsers combined.

      • Dabig
        March 12, 2017

        There are some stock trading platforms that use Silverlight for live streaming prices. The only browser that supports Silverlight is now IE browsers. Some of us need the option to have access to this Windows browser. End of story.

    • Another Michael
      October 20, 2015

      Privately maybe not, but if you work at a company and want to access some internal sites, then you may be required to use IE for certain sites.

    • James
      October 20, 2015

      What about for software testers and QA teams that need to test their web-based software for all platforms, considering all their customers might not be using Apple products.

    • BrooklynBob
      October 20, 2015

      Don’t be so naïve. If you are working in a corporate environment, or you are doing online investments (i.e., day trading), or accessing your bank online, you may be required to run IE (as well as Java). Security risks associated with running IE on your Mac via the Azure platform is negligible at best.

    • Child psycologist
      November 30, 2015

      What are those good options? All I’ve got is the ones that are getting crappier and crappier

    • chrissyist
      March 2, 2016

      Simple, because in order to access certain sites you need .ie, as certain developers use this as their main platform.

  9. Muckmuckbo
    October 19, 2015

    Very useful thanks it’s fast and works great! Internet explorer for the win! I wonder when Microsoft Edge will have remote access to download on Mac like this?

  10. Wharf Xanadu
    October 20, 2015

    Great tip for developers thanks

  11. Marcos
    October 20, 2015

    Forgive me but…Why should I want to use such thing on a Mac?? I mean, Safari (El Capitan) and IE are as close as they can be.

    • IOm
      October 20, 2015

      IE is useful for web developers and web designers, and sometimes IE is needed to access specific web services or websites.

      But a good rule of thumb is: If you don’t think you need it, or if you don’t know why you need it, then you don’t need it.

    • Stephen
      November 19, 2015

      I work in a Ford dealership and almost all of the Ford internal websites used for printing invoices, setting up breakdown cover etc etc don’t work on anything but IE! VERY annoying. And usually an old version of IE at that!

  12. Michael
    October 20, 2015

    This is awesome – many thanks!!!

  13. Bryan Weaver
    October 20, 2015

    Good tip. However for me even though it said it was IE 11, I believe it was actually the new Edge browser. We have site that requires at least IE 10. When I tried to use the site, it thought I was running Chrome 42.

    • 49ers
      October 20, 2015

      Isn’t Internet Explorer 11 basically Microsoft Edge? Isn’t IE 11 basically Edge compatibility mode in Windows?

      Anyway, I think this will move to serve Microsoft Edge soon if it’s not already.

  14. mojoron
    October 21, 2015


    • Benjamin
      October 22, 2015

      So no-one reads the article itself? They just see the headline and go directly to the comments?

      • Elvis
        October 22, 2015

        Sure seems that way doesn’t it? Given the reasons are in the second sentence! Maybe there should be a captcha on the comments that says “did you read the article before making a dumb comment?” haha! If you don’t know why you need IE, don’t troll about it.

  15. Danny
    October 21, 2015

    One use for IE on a Mac is testing for web developers. I use the app from the App Store just fine.

  16. b9bot
    October 22, 2015

    Why would you want to use IE at all? It’s not safe to use and certainly isn’t any better than Safari. There is no IE for Mac version anyways.

  17. Phil Allard
    October 24, 2015

    Tried this. When I got to the IE site it reverts to the Edge browser. No other options are available. I need this for a close based service I use at work that only work with IE :(.

    • KW
      April 12, 2016

      I have the same problem. I need IE to export my QuickBooks Online data. Won’t work because QuickBooks doesn’t support Edge. Ugh!!!

  18. Paul
    November 20, 2015

    Does not work. Internet Explorer is not an option in the drop down menu. No way to execute the .exe file in Apple. So I don’t see how this works.

    • mogwart
      November 20, 2015

      Works for me, flawlessly. In fact, IE11 works for everyone but you, that means user error on your part. If you don’t follow the instructions, it won’t work. If you do follow the instructions, it works. You obviously did not follow the instructions, because if you did, you’d see Internet Explorer within Azure. There is no exe file, this is not Windows, this is Mac OS X.

      • GVH
        December 4, 2015

        Understanding that it is a couple of weeks later, but I followed the instructions to the letter, and Internet Explorer is just NOT one of the options. I get Excel 2013, Paint, PowerPoint 2013, Visio 2013, and Word 2013. NOTHING relating to IE.

      • GVH
        December 4, 2015

        Also, to point out the “reason” why I’d like to use IE without bloated VM hosts – some sites work on IE ONLY. Specifically one I use at work. My solution ATM is Fusion and Win7 Ent. However, I’d rather skip all of that bloatware and just jump into IE (10 or 11 would do).

      • yes
        December 4, 2015

        Yes, you have to sign up for the MS Edge / IE service with Azure as instructed, or it won’t appear as an option

  19. TheSim
    December 5, 2015

    It Aldo word on iPad…

  20. Mel Eakins
    December 8, 2015

    I have followed the instructions very carefully two times and still am not getting access to IE. After I did the Modern.IE sign up, it said I would be getting an email – however, no email ever came through and I still don’t have access to IE through Microsoft Remote Desktop. Is anyone else having this same problem? Any ideas to get it working?

    • Dorys
      December 10, 2015

      I too am having trouble. Seems I need to pay for an account? Tells me that I don’t have access to any remote apps and would I like to try free demo apps. When I click yes, only Excel 2013, Paint, PP Visio and Word show up.

      • otm
        December 10, 2015

        No you do not need to pay for an account, this is a free service from Microsoft. You have to sign up for the Azure IE / Edge access with the link shown above. This is detailed in the walkthrough, if you skip steps or don’t sign up for Azure access you won’t have the feature.

      • Rob
        January 30, 2016

        …no you don’t have to pay but they demand all your credit card info

      • Meghan
        May 10, 2016

        I’m having the exact same problem and I’ve followed everything exactly and have the email confirming I have access to IE11…
        “Thanks for signing up to access IE 11 on Windows Technical Preview via Remote IE, powered by Azure. You can now use…”
        And I’ve signed in and out of Azure and IE is still not an option!!! Only microsoft office stuff an visio….and all those that are saying rude things need to calm down, you’re not geniuses just b/c you didn’t have technical difficulties

  21. Tracy Lea
    January 3, 2016

    I’m trying to use IE in a Mac environment to access an IP interface for a device on my home LAN that is too poorly coded to understand Safari, Chrome, or Firefox. I subscribed through Modern.IE exactly as described above using my Office 365/Outlook account from work. Did not receive a confirming email, and IE is not listed as an option under Azure in MRD. There are several useless options such as Paint and Visio, but no IE. Good idea; poor execution.

  22. Jonathan Sapp
    January 16, 2016

    I’m only offered Edge. I followed the instructions exactly.

  23. Rob
    January 30, 2016

    Maybe it’s “free” but they demand all my credit card information “for identification purposes only”

    • Oxbox
      January 30, 2016

      No it does not, neither Internet Explorer 11 nor Microsoft Edge nor Microsoft does not require your credit card for identification. The download is free with a Microsoft account, there is nothing required aside from email. It’s free, everything, easy.

    • rmpbklyn (@rmpbklyn)
      July 26, 2016

      nope, i just used my old hotmail account , migrated to livemail LOL

  24. Charles
    February 7, 2016

    No way, I took the pain to make all the process in order to have IE access. NOPE. This thing just gives you access to MS office. Work done or nothing.
    Thanks MS.

  25. Hemant Kumar Arya
    February 9, 2016

    Awesome post. But I have latest trick to use Internet explorer on mac, we just have to download a app named as winebottler on our mac. Thats all…… thank you :-)

    • Nope
      February 9, 2016

      Nope, this is the “latest” trick to run Internet Explorer on a Mac, your Winebottler method is from ’04.

  26. Oliver
    March 13, 2016

    It works just fine. I just needed to open and close the Remote Desktop App and after a while I was getting access to IE.

    Thank you.

  27. Steve Johnson
    May 13, 2016

    Took a bit of effort, but I can now run IE11 using on my Mac using the approach described. However, I can not view PDF files accessed via the IE11 browser; any suggestions? Thanks.

  28. Daniel V
    May 18, 2016

    Thank you so much!

  29. Karen J
    May 31, 2016

    Finally figured it out-don’t forget to select a region on the microsoft page after logging in. Working for me now.

  30. Stephen
    June 8, 2016

    If I understand correctly, the browser is actually running on a Microsoft server somewhere. So if my bank’s software does not work correctly on Chrome/Firefox/Safari and I need IE and use this tool to log on, I’m sending my login information to Microsoft and my bank is sending all my information to them as well. Correct?

    Or maybe it’s obvious to people that this is what’s happening and so they’d never do this.

    • Clifford
      June 18, 2016

      I bet there re plenty of people in addition to me not as well-informed or quick-witted as you. Thanks for stating the obvious for someone trying to decide what to do and I had not deduced the obvious yet. A Mac newbie here. Take care.

  31. VTTimC
    July 15, 2016

    FWIW, I’m pretty security conscious, and wanted to look into things a bit further. Modern.IE seemed odd, but you can find instructions to set things up on Microsoft’s developer site here:

    Once you log in, go to your dashboard, https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/users/dashboard/
    Switch to the Remote tab, pick the closest region.

    Then, open Microsoft Remote Desktop, click Azure Remote App, sign in with your id, and you should see an internet explorer invitation.

    Feeling a lot better about using this, considering that everything is going through Microsoft…

    • Paul
      July 15, 2016

      Yes correct, the ModernIE program is entirely from Microsoft as are the remote desktop connections, it’s a great service to test Internet Explorer and run Internet Explorer on Mac without having to use a virtual machine. Very handy!

  32. rmpbklyn (@rmpbklyn)
    July 26, 2016

    had to open an email, and login with the mentioned email, which seem to be different then my orginial. look for ‘Remote IE’ ….

  33. xingjiu
    July 29, 2016

    really works. after “Go to Modern.IE and subscribe to the service” just wait for a while. try a cup of coffee or just wait 20 minutes. Then ie tab has appear.

    • Ashley
      March 3, 2017

      How do you subscribe and sign in to what? I can’t find this.

  34. Wayne Young
    August 8, 2016

    Using Windows Explore Desktop for IE 11 as suggested above.
    Trying to upload an address book update to fedex.com, but there are no actual documents populating the window that pops up to select file for import.
    I’ve found nothing on this searching today.

  35. Cynthia
    August 12, 2016

    It worked for me, after a while.

    I don’t know. I guess I did two things:

    1. I kept clicking on the “Go to Modern.IE and subscribe to the service” link, while regularly signing in and out of the remote desktop app

    2. Another user here on the comment section suggested to select a region in your Microsoft account. That’s what I did (I selected US West) and was redirected to another Microsoft account page. When I reopened the app for the last time, I got a pop up giving me access to the “Remote IE”” + an e-mail which confirmed me that

  36. KD
    August 30, 2016

    Thanks works great

  37. RS
    September 13, 2016

    I have installed the app on my macbook and after signing in it says “your administrator has not set up any apps”. What is up with this please?

    • konstantinos
      November 23, 2016

      I have installed the app on my macbook and after signing in it says “your administrator has not set up any apps”. What is up with this please?

      • Phil
        December 5, 2016

        I have exactly the same problem on my iMac, once clicked on the ‘Azure Remote App’, the next window reads “Looks like your administrator hasn’t setup any apps yet”.

        So, where do you find the apps to set up?

  38. Peter
    October 13, 2016

    The link: “Go to Modern.IE and subscribe to the service” brings me to this error message: “remote.modern.ie’s server DNS address could not be found.”

    Any ideas what I can do to get past this block? I’m confused and at an impasse. Thanks for your time, anyone who may be able to help.

  39. raviv
    November 1, 2016

    Now you get this when you want to subscribe:

    We’re currently working on a new solution to allow you to stream and test Microsoft Edge.
    Be sure to check back here for updates!

    Any workarounds ?

    • Mirko
      January 3, 2017

      It seems we’ll have to wait for this new version. In the meantime we can forget about this feature. Bravo Microsoft, you did it again…

  40. sam
    January 6, 2017

    hi there, I tried to set up explorer as per instructions.
    But only got as far as step 4, and then got a message “administrator has not loaded any apps yet” so the screen in step 5 didn’t come up with the IE to be able to select.

    Any ideas?



  41. tania
    January 31, 2017

    Cannot find option to subscribe. Is this why?
    “We’re currently working on a new solution to allow you to stream and test Microsoft Edge.
    Be sure to check back here for updates!”

  42. angel
    March 4, 2017

    I tried just now and the remote IE is not available.

    • Fred Flinstone
      May 27, 2017

      Same here. Bummer.

  43. Pam
    March 25, 2017

    Can you run ie in compatibility mode? I’ve been on the fence about buying a mac and this is my deciding factor as I need internet explorer with compatibility mode on for work.

  44. jack99
    May 8, 2017

    What the heck is Internet Explorer?

  45. Michael
    September 7, 2017

    Seems like MS shut down the remote service. Now they’re partnering with Browserstack which offers IE-Testing only within a paid plan. So back to VM …

  46. Vishal
    November 7, 2017

    Im not having this “Azure RemoteApp” option at all.
    I am unable to install IE..

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