Monday, March 30, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 and Multi Browser Support

Recently Microsoft has released the Internet Explorer 8 and it's already supported by GPS Connect. Since we are committed to provide our customers with the best user experience we welcome all the improvements of the browsers that allow faster performance, better standards compliance and safer user environment. That is exactly why we make sure that GPS Connect web site works similarly in all major browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome.

However despite of all our efforts we are only able to support the latest versions of the browsers which means that currently we target Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Firefox 3.0, Safari 3.2, Opera 9.6 and Chrome 1.0.

According to our statistics GPS Connect users seem to understand the importance of using the most recent version of their browsers and tend to keep their browsers updated. However that is not exactly true for Internet Explorer users.

While a majority (more then 99%) of Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome customers use the latest versions of their browsers (though we believe that the rest will update their browsers shortly) there is still a significant number of Internet Explorer customers (~ 27%) working with Internet Explorer 6.

We would have understood that if there were no newer versions of Internet Explorer out there or they were just released or would have required to be paid for but that is not true. Internet Explorer 7 is available for free for more then two years already and now the IE8 is also an option and upgrading to either one does not require changing hardware or other software.

So we strongly encourage all the Internet Explorer 6 users to upgrade their browsers to the newer version and here are our motivation points:

  • Both IE7 and IE8 display web pages with much better visual quality and much faster then IE6;
  • Both IE7 and IE8 better comply with the web standards and provide with richer and safer user environment;
  • and if all previous is still not enough we won't be supporting Internet Explorer 6 anymore meaning that all the changes and new features of GPS Connect web site from this point on will not be tested against Internet Explorer 6 and we won't be able to resolve complains about IE6 related problems.