Today I logged into a website that any web developer surely appreciates. Spoon.net. Their software allows you to run a large number of web browsers on your local machine just like they were actually installed. You have heard of virtual machines? Well these are virtual applications. Everything nice and bundled up and working like a natively installed app. Which means that you can easily test IE6 and IE7 on your dev box without having to use crappy software like IE Tester or jumping through hoops to get concurrent installations setup or maintaining virtual machines or any of the rest of that crap.
So you can imagine my dismay when I logged in today and all the versions of Internet Explorer were gone with a note saying Microsoft had asked Spoon to pull the software packages. Are you kidding ME?! MS perpetuates the existence of browsers that should die because they make every web developers life a nightmare and then they go out and find the one tool that makes it easy to troubleshoot their crap and sink it? Why do they even have a problem with Spoon distributing software that is free with every OS they sell and only runs on Windows boxes anyway?
So as a shout out, Spoon.net = awesome. Please, please, please work something out with Microsoft. For those of you who haven’t heard of them check out some of their other browser images like FF, Opera, Chrome and Safari. The sign up process is incredibly fast and easy and the software install takes just a minute.