37 responses

  1. Michael
    December 1, 2015

    This sounds great but in the screenshots I notice it says “Windows Enterprise Evaluation. Windows License valid for 90 days”. What happen after 90 days? Can you no longer test Windows Edge?

    • Alex
      December 1, 2015

      If you used save states you can avoid the 90 day activation issue, otherwise it just clears everything out at 90 days resetting itself. Thus you don’t want to save anything to the VM, save it the the local file system instead. It’s really only for testing Edge/IE, you can always download a new IE VM too if a new version comes out.

      BTW Edge is the successor to IE.

    • Chad
      December 4, 2015

      Why on God’s green earth would ANYONE actually WANT to do this? I don’t even like this crap browser on my Windows 10 system. Stay far far away people.

      • Rodsworth
        December 5, 2015

        Chad, maybe you should read the article? The explanation is in the second sentence, Chad, the second sentence.

        “While most Mac users may not need to access or use the Microsoft Edge web browser, others in OS X may require using Edge to access specific websites, and it’s particularly common for web developers and web designers to need to use a wide variety of web browsers for testing purposes. “

        I can tell you didn’t too well in reading comprehension.

      • biogeochemicalcyclist
        December 10, 2015

        I felt sorry for my ex-husband who just got a windows computer, due to all my Apple products moving out with me. I had to do all the configurations and installations , getting the best apps I could and security..

        I couldnt believe how it, browbeats you by limiting the whole lalaptop’s functions then blamed you for the decrease in functionality citing “advertising as the financial engine of the internet”. I was truly disgusted by it and was happy to get back to my MBP, iMac etc. where the world of chintzy apps and greedy pushy downloads and pop-ups dont exist.

      • Ozzy
        February 22, 2017

        Uhh have you seen the notifications where Apple keeps notifying you to upgrade to the latest OS? In any case, stop being such a fan girl, you just don’t know how to use a Windows computer efficiently

      • Shayne O’Neill
        October 25, 2017

        To be honest, Edge is a very different animal to IE. Its pretty much spot on HTML5 compliant no plugins and yeah it actually runs great. I still prefer chrome because bing is a total dumpster fire of a search engine and I never quite worked out how to set edges default search , plus as a web dev my toolchains all chrome. Also, windows meh. But its not an awful browser by any measure. It might well be even more responsive than the webkit ones (Safari, chrome, etc etc etc)

  2. Jason
    December 1, 2015

    Seems like a hard way of doing it when you can have Microsoft’s cloud handle the heavy lifting.


  3. john
    December 2, 2015

    Who cares…. I left MS a while ago and don’t care to use their products. At work, I have to support IE and I deal with all its trash on a daily basis. No way do I want anything from MS.

    • itena
      December 2, 2015

      Sounds like you aren’t a web developer, which is who this is clearly aimed at

      • Ozzy
        February 22, 2017

        Sounds like this person isn’t computer savvy in general. Computer savvy people shouldn’t have a problem with windows computers if they know what they are doing.

  4. Nuri
    December 2, 2015

    Edge doesn’t quite give that Internet-Explorer-on-my-parents’-computer feeling I seek. They could’ve made the icon identical at the very least : (

    • Timmers
      December 2, 2015

      Your parents are web developers? That’s cool. What do they think of Edge?

  5. Damon
    December 2, 2015

    Great tip, perfect for using Windows only tools.

  6. RM
    December 3, 2015

    I wish Apple would buy out Microsoft, then liquidate the company.

    • Uther Pendragon
      June 29, 2016

      But then how would they get away with selling the same thing to everyone twice?

  7. Duane
    December 4, 2015

    No…Apple should not buy Microsoft, they would just add a new spinning hourglass to the OS.

    • Tony S
      January 25, 2016

      True point, but they would most likely bring windows app support to the mac in a way that makes viruses impossible to be compatible on Mac.
      But this would get Apple/Microsoft Sued for owning a Monopoly.

  8. Chad
    December 4, 2015

    Apple couldn’t afford Microsoft. What a laugh. You apple only fanboys have a crazy idea of what is possible. Microsoft could buy Apple, but not the other way around.

    p.s. Edge sucks, stay away

    • RobG
      December 6, 2015

      Googling it, Microsoft’s market cap is $433 billion. Apple’s is $642 billion. On top of that, Apple has $203 billion in cash. So I’d say if they really wanted to own Microsoft, they could. Not that they’d want to. Microsoft is at best a third-rate company, so Apple wouldn’t have anything to do with them. Microsoft is doing a fine job at ruining themselves anyway.

    • Lorenzo
      December 8, 2015

      One constant in this universe: Apple fans just hate Microsoft.

      • Tony S
        January 25, 2016

        Matter of fact that is a stereo type. I run both Microsoft and Apple products in my household. Microsoft has its pros and cons as much as Apple. But they both are equal in a way. At this point its like comparing apples and windows they are both completely different ones a fruit, one is glass. p.s. trolling all Mac users is not the way to go! if you want to troll anyone troll yourselves.

      • Uther Pendragon
        June 29, 2016

        They’re both equally inferior to a solid unix kernel

  9. RobG
    December 6, 2015

    Better yet, how about we SHUN any Microsoft-provided browser this time instead of having to work to support it? Internet F’ing Explorer has been a thorn in our sides for decades and I for one am fed up with it. My own projects specifically do not support IE, and I tell them so if an IE user visits the site. If it works, great. If not, don’t b*tch at me about it. I recommend they look at more secure and better alternatives like Chrome.

    • Uther Pendragon
      June 29, 2016

      no doubt! *no-one* likes supporting IE :/

    • AGrownUp
      February 6, 2017

      As an engineer, if you need to build product for a company that uses IE on their workstations, then you need to build a product for a company that uses IE on their workstations.

      “Company A”: Here’s $4,000,000, build our tools.
      “Company B”: All done
      A: It doesn’t work, we’re not paying you as per our contract
      B: Oh no, but we blew $1,000,000 in development.

      Company B goes out of business.

      • AGrownUp
        February 6, 2017

        Or you have a SAAS platform, and you want to secure that $4,000,000 contract. So you SAAS platform need support IE if the client needs it. Better to have it and not need it, than to not have it and miss out on a contract.

  10. Eetheart
    April 5, 2016

    My question is.. How did you get the osxdaily.com inside the screenshot??

  11. cloudpuppy
    May 23, 2016

    This is pretty cool, but it still requires to have a vm, what about trying to run in via WINE?

    • Uther Pendragon
      June 29, 2016

      Well… if something were not to work, would you want to drive yourself crazy debugging something that may be a problem in wine?

  12. Kerry
    May 24, 2016

    Interesting comments. I find it interesting that people are so one sided… I too use both platforms – and have since the early 80’s. Primarily Mac now due to starting a photography company. For years I was in the software business world – and mostly windows shops were the order of the day. Don’t forget – these are just tools. I always thought that MS gave everyone job security. Shoddy software is always having issues that need fixing and supplying everyone with lots to do! Nothing at all wrong with that. Every software package has it’s faults – Everyone’s needs are different. They’re just tools people….just tools.

    • Ozzy
      February 22, 2017

      Agreed. I love all operating systems. I love the massive library of apps and tools available on windows, which increases productivity. If I want to work on a design project, Mac OSX has done the job better for me and has a cleaner interface in my opinion, and linux (especially Ubuntu) is the best when it comes to full customization and control of your internals.

  13. Kebo
    February 3, 2017

    Thanks so much for posting this. It’s been very helpful. It’s much cheaper than the other solutions I’ve come across.

  14. Luis Alves
    April 19, 2017

    Awesome tutorial. Really well explained. Thanks!

  15. gary
    July 5, 2017


    Instructions worked well. But running in the VM is it asking for a sign-in password to use Edge. I tried all pertinent combinations but none worked. Is there something I am missing in setting this up?


    • Assaf
      July 9, 2017

      Just stuck with it too.
      So I found it it is – Passw0rd!
      Taken from the download page

  16. Dipak
    January 28, 2018

    My VM is starting with “Automatic Windows Repair” screen. Have I missed any settings ?

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