How To Test Website On IE and Edge Browser?
A lot of the testers struggle to test their website considering the increasing number of browsers, versions and screen sizes in the market today. In this post, we will explore the oldest browser in the market, Internet Explorer, and it’s a younger brother that is keen on capturing the market with its agility and characteristics, Microsoft Edge.
It might look like that internet explorer is a forgotten browser, but in reality, it isn’t. Corporates are a major fan base for this browser and personal computers, a base for Edge. While working on Edge browser recently (the chromium engine based), I found it extremely fast and giving a considerably lower load on the memory than Google Chrome browser. Personally, I feel Microsoft Edge is on the right track and the user statistics on stat counter are in accordance with me (Statistics for June 2019- June 2020): https://gs.statcounter.com/browser-market-share/desktop/worldwide
The bottom line is: Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, both are extremely important products especially if you want to view your websites in them to the user all around the globe. Therefore, a good tester or developer would never let his website gets published without testing them on these two browsers. In this post, I will be discussing the same with the help of cloud-based cross-browser testing tools.
Do I need To Test Separately On IE and Edge?
Since both the internet explorer and the Microsoft edge are developed by the same company, some of the testers might think that if the website is performing well on Microsoft Edge, it would perform well on Internet Explorer or vice-versa. This is the wrong conception.
So, how do we test on Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and other browsers?
Types Of Testing
To test your website on Internet Explorer and the Microsoft Edge, the developer/ tester can either take the manual path or the automated cloud one.
Testing Internet Explorer and Edge Manually
Manual testing on internet explorer is actually not a bad option if the focus is on just some of the versions. But the problem lies in the selection of the operating systems and resolutions on which we are testing these two browsers.
Consider only choosing IE 10 and IE 11 along with latest Microsoft Edge version. Although it looks like that there are only three browsers that we are testing, permutated this with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and five versions of Mac and other operating systems. Permutated your answer with this number and you will regret the choice you made while going to the manual cross-browser testing. A better option is to, use a cloud-based cross-browser testing tool.
Another option which is more convenient than manual testing is opting for device labs. Device labs are provided by various organizations
who have dedicated systems with different specifications. All that the user needs to do is pay for the subscription (renting time) for these devices and select the specifications for which he wants to test the website.
Device labs are definitely a better option than the manual option (depending on browser matrix though) but the device labs are costlier than the cloud-based system. The reason being the cost of these systems needs to be covered including the maintenance. Therefore if the browser matrix is huge and the tester is looking for a feasible option, the best way to go is cloud-based cross-browser testing.
Cloud-Testing and Lambda Test
Cloud-based cross-browser testing is a better way to go for cross-browser compatibility inspection. Lambda Test is one such online tool. Lambda Test provides an easy-to-use user interface along with features especially developed keeping in mind the need of testers testing a website on a lot of browsers.
There are tons of features built to help the testers in Lambda Test tool and perform efficient testing saving a lot of the time without creating a need to redirect anywhere else. One such feature is Real-time testing which opens up the website (published or unpublished) on to the browser, operating system, resolution of your choice.
To test your website in real-time using Lambda Test on internet explorer, visit www.lambdatest.com Login in to your Free or subscribed account.
Go to Real-Time testing
Enter the website or use the tunnel for the unpublished website.
Select the browser you would like to test on along with the operating system and resolution.
Run the test and voila! Your website is up and running on internet explorer. It is as easy as it looks!!
Apart from testing your website in real-time, you can also perform screenshot testing on the Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge on LambdaTest.
Screenshot testing is a great way to test on a number of browsers (maximum 25) simultaneously and save their screenshots to view later. With screenshot testing, you can create a list of browsers by selecting different browsers and their versions. You can also star that list so that when you return to the tool after some time or you have a different website to test, you do not need to go through this manual process again.
Talking about manual work, LambdaTest provides a method to automate your tests on 2000+ browsers that LambdaTest offers. These tests can be performed on popular tools such as Selenium, Katalon Studio, GitHub etc. and written in any language of your choice such as Java, JS, Python, PHP and more.
With LambdaTest, you can also run the selenium grid from the choice of your own CI/CD tool if you are already working on one.
These are just the highlighted most used features on LambdaTest or most popular features in the testing community so to say. LambdaTest offers features such as issue tracker and test logs that give a complete environment to the tester.
So the crux of this post boils down to the part that internet explorer cannot be ignored. Internet Explorer might seem like a benchmark of deducing whether someone is working on an older system or a newer one, internet explorer definitely has a considerable market share even today. Now everything comes down to your choice, whether you want to target that audience or not. But I am sure nobody likes to lose viewers as this is a parameter for the website to show how much they have grown in the market over the years. So the next time you are ready to do your bit on the internet by publishing the website, make sure you test on Edge & Internet Explorer with a good cloud-based cross-browser testing tool.