Ending Support for Internet Explorer
Effective January 1, 2020, we will no longer be supporting the use of Internet Explorer on our website.
It has become increasingly difficult to enhance our website and add new features while maintaining support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Because of that fact, we are announcing that we will no longer be testing new features and functions of the website with Internet Explorer.
This does not mean that our website will immediately stop working within Internet Explorer. In fact, we expect that most functions on the website will continue to work well into 2020. That said, we will no longer be testing new features and pages in Internet Explorer and will no longer guarantee support for Internet Explorer.
Why are we dropping support for Internet Explorer?
First, the only version of Internet Explorer that Microsoft still supports is version 11. Any version prior to version 11 should not be used anymore anyway.
Second, Internet Explorer 11 was first released in 2013, which makes it a very old and outdated browser. Because of that Microsoft is no longer developing Internet Explorer and only releases security updates for it now.
Third, Microsoft now has its Edge browser, which was released with Windows 10, and is their replacement for Internet Explorer.
Lastly, it is important to note that Microsoft actually is asking people to no longer use Internet Explorer as their browser. Here is an article that explains that Microsoft no longer sees Internet Explorer as a browser, but sees it as a “compatibility solution” for enterprise customers to deal with legacy sites only. They no longer see it as a browser that should be used for browsing the internet.
What browsers do we support?
We will support the following browsers going forward:
We also support any Chromium-based browsers. Chromium is Google's open-source web browser project, on top of which they build Google Chrome. There are many browsers built on Chromium. Some of them are:
Also, the latest version of Microsoft’s Edge browser is built on Chromium as Microsoft has abandoned development on their own web rendering engine.
I don’t want to use a browser like Google Chrome because I am concerned about the privacy of my personal information and browsing habits. What choices do I have?
We acknowledge that many of our members, or the organizations they work for, might be concerned about privacy and thus are concerned with browsers like Google Chrome. For those that are concerned about privacy, here is a list of browsers that are built around privacy for their users, and have clear privacy controls:
I am running an older version of Windows, what browser should I use?
It is important to realize that any version of Windows prior to Windows 8 is no longer supported by Microsoft. That includes the widely used Windows 7 and Windows XP.
That said, Windows 8 support will continue until January 10, 2023. Although Windows 8 support will last for 3 more years, Microsoft is encouraging people to upgrade to Windows 10 well before that date.
Windows 8 the following browsers should work: