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Browser Compatibility

3/7/2014
This post begins a conversation around the idea of browser compatibility.  Browser type and version is sometimes a touchy subject because it can involve change.  Programming for browsers also gets tricky because we try to deliver functionality and stability for as many variations of browser type,version, and underlying operating system as possible. For instance, trying to support 4 browsers with 4 versions across 4 operating systems yields 64 environments (4 X 4 X 4) that we need to test with every release (which is around twice a week!).

Browser Overview:
A web browser is the software that we use to connect to the web.  There are four major web browsers that people use -- Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari -- and each web browser has different versions.  Versions are "editions" of the software that are released as new features are built and bugs are fixed.  Some browsers automatically update while others require you to take some steps on your own. If you're using an old version of a browser you're missing out on important features and fixes that make the web faster, easier, and safer.

In order to continue to provide the best experience for our users, we are going to start phasing out support of old browsers.

What browsers does Supplyit support?
Our site is optimized for Internet Explorer 11 and the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.  We maintain support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10, but we plan on ending support for Internet Explorer 8 at the end of 2014.   Supplyit is not compatible with Internet Explorer 7 (which was released almost a decade ago!).

What does this mean for you?
Please visit www.whatbrowser.org to see what browser you're currently using. There you'll find links to download alternative browsers.

Note: If you're currently using Internet Explorer 8, we recommend upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer possible.  If your operating system is Windows XP, it is not possible to upgrade Internet Explorer. (Not sure if you are on Windows XP?  Click here.) Instead, we recommend you download Chrome or Firefox.

What about other websites that I use?
Most websites are best experienced using the latest versions of browsers.  However, some sites are compatible only with older versions of a browser.  We encourage you to explore what requirements other sites have before making changes.

Can I use more than one browser on the same computer?
Absolutely.  It is possible to use multiple browsers but not multiple versions of the same browser.  It is not unusual for some users to keep an old version of Internet Explorer on their system but to also use a modern browser like Chrome.

What if I have further questions?
If you or someone from your IT group has questions, please feel free to contact support.