Exactly four years ago today, back on March 19th 2009, Microsoft first released Internet Explorer 8 – which in today’s fast changing web browser landscape is now very old indeed!
To allow us to continue to develop new and exciting features for MIDAS, every so often it becomes necessary for us to “phase out” support for older browsers, as they become too difficult and time consuming to maintain compatibility with, and limit what our scheduling software – which relies on your web browser – is capable of doing.
For example, you’re already missing out on some features if you’re still running MIDAS in IE8, such as the ability to quickly drag-and-drop bookings around the booking grid to instantly reschedule them! (We’ve not purposefully held this feature back from IE8 – the browser simply doesn’t support it!)
Back in November 2012, we also first indicated that in the near future we would be dropping support for Internet Explorer 8.
At the start of this year, we gave further notice that IE8 support would likely be dropped “during the course of 2013“, and at the same time we introduced a new feature to help notify users if their browser is too old/below the recommended version for MIDAS:
Major companies such as Google have already discontinued support for Internet Explorer 8. Google took the decision in September 2012 to drop IE8 support across their range of services (including YouTube, Gmail, Picasa, Docs, Drive, Blogger, etc) with affect from 15th November 2012.
Given the global availability now of Internet Explorer 10, it is highly likely that we will be dropping support for our web based room scheduling software in Internet Explorer 8 before the end of the year. (We’ve already seen a noticeable 4.6% drop in IE8 usage from our “hosted” clients alone so far in 2013!)
What does this mean?
Firstly, once we no longer support IE8, we won’t simply “block” MIDAS from being accessed via Internet Explorer 8! – It may well be that subsequent updates to our browser-based scheduling software do continue to function in IE8 for some time after we officially drop IE8 support!
However, it does mean that we will no longer “test” MIDAS in IE8, and therefore should you use IE8 and contact our support team with any issues, you will be advised in the first instance to update your browser.
Internet Explorer 9 and 10 will continue to be supported as will recent versions of all other major browsers. A full list of supported browsers can be found at http://mid.as/browsers
…but I currently use Internet Explorer 8 – what should I do?
If you’re a Windows 7 user using MIDAS in Internet Explorer, you can update your browser to IE10 (this won’t affect you if you’re running Windows 8, which already comes with IE10!)
Alternatively, if your a Windows Vista user and you run MIDAS in Internet Explorer, although you won’t be able to update up to IE10, you can still update Internet Explorer on Vista as far as version 9.
Our decision to drop support for IE8 will only impact a very limited number of MIDAS users; specifically those who presently use MIDAS in Internet Explorer on Windows XP. Unfortunately, the highest version of Internet Explorer that can be installed on Windows XP systems is IE8.
If you fall into this category, the good news though is that MIDAS is also supported in recent versions of all other major browsers too (Including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari) – all of which can be installed on Windows XP to allow you to continue using MIDAS! However, given that Microsoft themselves will cease all support for their XP operating system in 2014, perhaps now’s also the time to be thinking about updating your 12-year old operating system anyway!?
So we apologize in advance if you are one of the small handful of users this decision may affect later this year – it’s never an easy decision for us to drop support for a browser – but we hope you’ll understand our reasons behind this move, in order to allow us to continue to develop a world-class web based scheduling solution that’s at the forefront of today’s new web technologies and standards!
By giving you plenty of advanced notice again now – and with the introduction at the start of the year of notifications if your browser is too old – we hope you’ll take the opportunity to update your browser before our support for IE8 ends later this year!