Microsoft tells developers: Download our free virtual machines

Free, as in beer

Microsoft, doing its best to facilitate its Edge and web platforms, is giving away free VMware and VirtualBox virtual machines. Developers can download -- free of charge -- VMs running: XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1, or Windows 10. The images are aimed primarily towards developers that need to test software with IE versions 6 through 11 (and, of course, Edge).

The VMs expire after 90 days, but Microsoft recommends "setting a snapshot when you first install the virtual machine which you can roll back to later." Which, incidentally, is something rather trivial to do with VirtualBox:

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Meaning, if you need to use an image for more than 90 days, that won't be much of a problem either.

So if you are a developer that needs to test apps running in older versions of Windows or IE, head over to Microsoft's virtual machine download page.

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