Web Developers are getting really excited about how easy it now is to develop across browsers thanks to Apple’s Intel chip switch. For those of you out there looking to get Internet Explorer up and running on your shiny new Intel Mac, I’ve gathered all the options I could find to bring Microsoft’s favorite bad boy to your favorite development environment.
IE6 via XP
Boot Camp - If you like to turn things on and off for a change, Boot Camp is Apple’s beta software to help make your switch to a mac feel comfortable and safe. You’ll need a copy of XP for this one and it’ll probably be the smoothest XP installation you’ll ever experience.
Parallels - While dual booting is great for getting the most out of Half Life 2, Virtualization might be a bit more convenient for developers looking to see if their CSS is going to hold up in IE without having to restart their computer everytime. Be sure to check out Dave Shea’s virtual machine tips to make your Parallels experience the highlight of your day.
VMware announced on the heels of all the Parallels ferver, the folks at VMware are working on their own baby to run Windows and other operating systems on Intel-based Macs. Sign up for Beta release of VMware for Mac here
Q - Is the open-source answer to Parallels and VMware. Based on QEMU, the open source processor emulator, Q is a feature packed cocoa application that’s in Alpha right now, but a very promising alternative for the Mac community.
IE6 on OS X - “It took some work, but I was able to get a working (if a bit buggy) version of IE6 running on OS X via WINE.” Words that got everyone jumping at the chance to run JUST IE6 on their Mac and not all this other Microsoft rigamarole.
Darwine - For those that want to skip the crazy technical discussion and troubleshooting in the forum mentioned above to run just IE6 on your computer, the open-source Darwine project intends to port and develop WINE as well as other supporting tools that will allow Darwin and Mac OS X users to run Windows Applications a whole lot easier.
CrossOver Mac - And if you prefer to pay for convenience, CodeWeavers’ latest Windows-compatability product is on its way. Intended for Intel Mac OS X machines, CrossOver Mac will allow Mac users to run their favorite Windows applications seamlessly on their Mac, without the need for a Windows OS license of any kind. They’re in beta right now, but they’re full. Expected price: $59.95 for a single copy (which is better than buying Parallels AND an XP license.)