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Internet Explorer 8 users missing out on better web experience

Internet Explorer 8 is commonly required by specific business software, but limits the rest of your web experience, so we at AG are bringing you up to date.

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Many ending support for Internet Explorer 8

Sure, it’s probably your company’s fault that you’re cruising the web in an old beater of a web browser. For me personally, I’m not a Microsoft hater, in fact, the majority of our personal and office equipment is Windows based, but we’re not dragging our feet in keeping up with the modern web – no, not at all.

As recently as September 2012, Google and others ended support for apps for IE8 (internet explorer 8), but Microsoft continues to support the browser for Windows XP dependent users – most likely due to expensive in-house programs designed specifically for a company or industry, and sometimes it takes real money to upgrade those systems. But the rest of the world must move on. Windows Internet Explorer 9 is currently where our support of Explorer begins and that’s pretty much standard for the rest of the world.

There are so many alternatives to experience the web today in terms of browsers compatible with the mobile web that enabling you to continue your antiquated view of the web is sad, and really rather boring.

As of this week, AG will cease support for Internet Explorer 8 and below. In fact, you’ll receive information upon your visit about current browser alternatives, and links to update your browser of choice. We’re not just picking on Windows, but also Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and other popular browsers. Information on updating your browser will also be given to you when joining AG with an out of date browser.

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What this means for you

If you’re in a modern browser, you’re already set. Enjoy your visit.

If you’re in an outdated browser, you’ll still be able to read and interact with AG, but you might notice a thing or two misaligned. The site will know when you’re coming from an older browser and will ask if you want to update your browser. Note: if you choose to update Internet Explorer, it will automatically advise you as to your most compatible browser based on your operating system.

Some industries rely on IE8 or even IE7 browsers, so what many people do is use older IE browsers for that tool only, and download a more modern browser for the rest of their web browsing.

We’re happy to answer any questions or address any problems at talk@theamericangenius.com anytime!

Here’s to better browsing,

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Benn Rosales
Founder & CEO, AGBeat

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network. Before AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation has received the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular offline events. He does not venture into the spotlight often, rather he believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits and develops, so he gives all credit to those he's empowered.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. James Boelter

    February 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Internet Explorer – The browser used to download Firefox, Chrome, Safari or any other browser that follows W3C standards instead of it’s own proprietary set.

    • rolandestrada

      February 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Ditto.

  2. rolandestrada

    February 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Frankly I shouldn’t have to worry that any site I visit requires a specific browser in this day and age. I’ve complained to our MLS for ten years about being required to use IE, and sometimes with brutal honesty. I shouldn’t have to put up with that crap. Why, because I’m paying for it. If a real estate industry vendor requires IE to use their site I’ll find someone else. Additionally, those vendors deserve to go broke and go away. Out Orange County MLS finally switched to Matrix on January 30th. Tempo is dead and good riddance.

    I find it absurd to use the excuse of “it costs to much to convert”. That’s BS. They are just lazy and feel they can put out a crappy product because their customers will just put up with it.

    • agbenn

      February 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      There are tens of thousands of different software specifically designed to operate in-house on various OS utilizing any number of browsers in businesses across the world, real estate, although a great example is a drop in the pond.

  3. agbenn

    February 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Yeah, quite frankly it’s just a true statement, and it amazes me that it’s 2013 and the same issues continue for MLSs abroad.

  4. James Boelter

    February 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Enter – Microsoft Silverlight.

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