How to install Internet Explorer on a Mac?

Apple’s Mac devices operated by OS X continue to occupy a large share of the computer market. Although switch-over from Windows to Mac devices is quite simple, there are still some applications that a person working on a Mac device for the first time would like to have at hand. One of such application is the Internet Explorer browser, which has been accounting for about 38% of the US market since 2012.

Why Use Internet Explorer on a Mac?

One of the benefits of using IE on a Mac is that is makes operating multiple machines simpler. There are a lot of people using Internet Explorer at work and Mac’s browsers at home with no way to synchronize the Internet sessions and migrate their data easily.

Secondly, Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser on the planet. It means that there are lots of websites specifically developed for Internet Explorer as the main priority. In this case, Internet Explorer renders these websites more reliably than its competitors. Moreover, because of the ActiveX technology, it is much simpler to use IE for business-related websites such as HTML IT consoles or Webex.

In addition to this, it is recommended to have at least two different browsers installed on the device. And whether you decide to use Chrome, Firefox or Safari as your primary browser, there are not many better tools than IE as a backup. Regardless of its reputation, Internet Explorer is the best browser to load JavaScript quickly and render pages reliably and consistently.

How to Run Internet Explorer on a Mac?

To begin with, Microsoft has developed a special software tool RemoteIE, which allows users to run Internet Explorer on computers and mobile devices running macOS, iOS, and Android. It does not require any additional operating system or a virtual machine. The service is based on Azure RemoteApp technologies.

This approach has several advantages. It allows Mac users to stay in the familiar environment and avoid the cost of purchasing new devices or operating systems to gain access to the browser. RemoteIE uses the Windows Server Remote Desktop Services infrastructure to stream data from the cloud to the device. On the other hand, a slight decrease in browser performance seems to be one of the drawbacks of this method.

In order to start Internet Explorer on macOS, perform the following:

  • Step 1: Install on your Mac the Remote Desktop application from Microsoft.
  • Step 2: Open the website, log in using your @hotmail, @live or @outlook account. Access to the service is completely free.
  • Step 3: Select the server which is the closest to you.
  • Step 4: On the Mac, start the Remote Desktop application that you downloaded in step 1.
  • Step 5: In the Remote Desktop application, select Azure Remote App. The service is based on the Windows Server Remote Desktop Services infrastructure.
  • Step 6: Log in to Microsoft Azure under your account. In the drop-down menu, select the Internet Explorer option.
  • Step 7: Double-click on your region with EdgeHTML link in the Remote Desktop application.

Here you go. Now you can use Internet Explorer on your Mac device. It is also worth mentioning that this product is aimed rather at developers helping them to create content for the latest version of the IE browser from any platform.