Microsoft today announced an open-source, experimental adapter for Internet Explorer that will enable a wider and more diverse tooling ecosystem across browsers. This adapter now works for Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft will update it to work with Project Spartan in a future release.
Internet Explorer already supports WebDriver, which gives test frameworks a standard mechanism to automate the browser, reducing the cost to developers to add a new browser to their test matrix. In the same spirit, we want to enable third party tools to target IE like any other browser. The IE Diagnostics Adapter makes this possible by providing a bridge that allows IE to speak the Chrome remote debugging protocol. This protocol allows 3rd party tools to debug, diagnose, and profile Chrome. While not a standard, it is used by many popular developer tools, including products like Adobe’s Brackets. There’s also a community driven initiative, Kenneth Auchenberg‘s RemoteDebug, that seeks to make the protocol common across more browsers – there are already bridges for Firefox and Safari on iOS.
Read more about it here.