How To Run Different Internet Explorer Versions (Including IE 9 Beta) Simultaneously

Yesterday, we learnt how we can run desktop apps from browser, without installing them on the computer, using Spoon. Today, we will use it to run different versions of Internet Explorer on the same PC.

I hadn’t tested Microsoft’s latest Internet Explorer version (IE 9 Beta) yet, so I decided to use Spoon to give it a shot. That way, I didn’t have to uninstall IE 8.

So, assuming you followed the steps to install the Spoon plugin mentioned in our previous article, we’ll jump directly to Spoon’s App Library.

1. Click on “Browsers” in the App Library.

spoon apps

2. Under the Spoon Browser Sandbox, you’ll find big thumbnails of different Internet Explorer versions. Click on the one that says Internet Explorer 9 Beta.

spoon IE sandbox

3. It directs us to the familiar Start Now page of the app. Click on Start Now.

run internet explorer 9 beta

4. Again, like you saw yesterday, it’ll start buffering which indicates that the app is getting started.

IE 9 getting started

5. And, after a few moments of buffering and all, I got the IE 9 Beta up and running. As you see in the screenshot below, I am running IE 9 Beta and IE 8 simultaneously, without any inconvenience.

different internet explorer versions running together

In case you face a problem in getting IE 9 Beta started and it doesn’t open at the first go, you could type Spoon in your start search bar and click on the Sandbox manager. It should start after you do that.

spoon sandbox manager

Likewise, you could also run different versions of Chrome and Firefox using Spoon.

So, did you get a chance to try this tool yet? If yes, what are the apps you ran using it? How was your experience? Tell us in the comments.

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Abhijeet Mukherjee is the founder, publisher and editor of Guiding Tech. He's a web publisher who’s been working online full time since 2008. He loves all things tech and has also written for some of the top blogs on the planet.