Some Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 features do not work as expected when Internet Explorer 10 or a later version is not installed. This problem affects only Windows 7 users. Users of Windows 8 and later versions are not affected because the required dependencies for the browser are built into those operating systems.
The following features are known not to work as expected if Internet Explorer 10 or a later version is not installed:
IntelliTrace: Performance Details page is not displayed as expected
When you use IntelliTrace to examine a log file that contains a performance violation event, you experience issues after you click to view more details about the violation. The Performance Details page contains information about the execution tree of a performance violation event. However, if Internet Explorer 10 or a later version is not installed, the Execution Tree section is blank and you receive an error message.
Debug Managed Memory feature displays a blank page and an error message
When you open a managed dump file that contains heap information, the summary page includes a Debug Managed Memory option. If Internet Explorer 10 or a later version is not installed when you click this option, the document window that opens is blank and you receive an error message. If this occurs, you can safely ignore the error and close the document window.
Load Testing by using Team Foundation Service: Load Test Runner results are not displayed as expected
You do the following:
You run Load Testing by using Team Foundation Service.
You select the Load Test Manager and Load Test Runner options.
If Internet Explorer 10 or a later version is not installed when you take these actions, the page that shows information about the test results is not displayed correctly.
Visual Studio 2015
Debugger and diagnostics tools
When you debug an application in Visual Studio 2015, several new debugging tool windows are not displayed as expected and may also generate an error message. These windows and tools include Diagnostics, CPU Usage, Memory Usage, and Application Timeline.
If you install the Cloud Explorer for Visual Studio 2015, this new extension window to browse resources on Azure is not displayed correctly and may generate an error message.
These problems occur because Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2013 have features that work best together with Internet Explorer 10 or later versions. If Internet Explorer 10 or a later version is not installed, these features do not work as expected.