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Or better yet, just use https://browserling.com/ which is from another HN member, pkrumins.



Similar remote browser testing services I'll be testing soon:

    http://saucelabs.com/
    http://crossbrowsertesting.com/
    http://www.browserstack.com/
Some of these even do mobile browsers too. After spending several hours setting up just 1 or 2 VMs, I'm convinced using these services is not only cheaper and more stress-free but also lets you keep more up to date.

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Thank you for mentioning these. I tried BrowserStack and got so much value from the free 30min trial (found & fixed several IE8 bugs) that it was a no-brainer to sign up for a monthly plan.

Even the tunneling to a local Vagrant instance, with a subdomain (through lvh.me), worked simply and flawlessly. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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We've been loving BrowserStack, particularly all the mobile emulators they've got available. Something like two dozen Android devices.

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This is nice, but it suffers from the same flaw all the other virtual browser services suffer from: No pay by the minute/hour. I probably only need 1 or 2 hours with IE 8 every month or two.

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Honestly, if it's not worth 20 bucks a month to you, you probably aren't in their target market (deliberately priced out of it, for good reason).

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Depends, when you look at it another way $20 a month is almost your own virtual server with windows on it.

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If it saves me ~30mins/month then it has paid for itself

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It is going to cost you way more than $20 of your time to download/update/manage/run these VMs.

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No per-minute plan, but Saucelabs gives you 30 minutes per month for free. $12/month for unlimited. It works great. https://saucelabs.com/docs/manual

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