Microsoft Edge Browser Supports WebDriver Site-Testing Standard
In another developer-friendly move, Microsoft announces that its new Edge browser supports the WebDriver automated site-testing technology.Microsoft may be distancing its new Edge browser from Internet Explorer (IE) and its contentious past, but it is inheriting at least some developer features. In addition to an improved set of F12 tools, the company announced that Edge supports WebDriver, an emerging automated site-testing standard from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Windows Insiders, members of Microsoft's beta program, can test the functionality in build 10240 or newer. The company first added WebDriver support to IE 11 a year ago. The use of WebDriver with Edge requires running Microsoft WebDriver server software with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 (build 10240 and above). Microsoft halted downloads of the server after a "publishing issue" cropped up, but the company hopes to restore the software later today (July 24). WebDriver helps developers test complex sites, allowing them to find and ultimately fix issues much faster than using manual methods. "It provides a programmable remote control for developing complex user scenarios and running them in an automated fashion against your Website in a browser," Microsoft Edge staffers Clay Martin, program manager; John Jansen, principal software engineer; Jatinder Mann, senior program manager lead; and Mark Conway, director of automation testing tool specialist Micro Focus, wrote in a joint blog post.
The tech helps developers maintain the quality of major Websites, including Microsoft's own search engine. "WebDriver is used by top Web properties like Bing, Azure, SharePoint, Facebook, Google and others to automate testing their sites within a browser," they noted.