Modern Browsers and the Removal of Support for IE 8

TL;DR Version

BaseSpace is officially dropping support for Internet Explorer 8 on March 11th, 2013.

Why

As modern browsers develop more and more sophisticated features like canvas, css3, webgl, svg, and webRTC, the burden of supporting browsers that are 3 generations old slows down how quickly sites can adopt these new techniques and technologies.  The pace at which browsers are evolving is really amazing.  Chrome is now on version 25, Firefox is on 19, and Internet Explorer actually just shipped version 10 to all Windows 7 users.  Most of these vendors are now on monthly or quarterly release cycles, with IE promising to release close to twice a year now, which is a pretty dramatic shift.  And finally, all modern browsers default to auto upgrading themselves; the days when people get stuck in an old version are slowly fading.

Our recent stats show that IE8  is only about 5% of you…

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IE Version Stats:

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There have been other notable announcements from Google for similar reasons.

Because of this and because of some exciting new features that we’ve been working on, we will be removing support for IE 8 on March 11th.  That means you will be prevented from using BaseSpace with that browser.

What’s Next

Over the next couple of weeks and months, you will see us start to release some great new features utilizing more modern features of browsers.  As always, our goal is to provide a great web experience and we believe utilizing native HTML5 features instead of relying on plug-ins is the best way to achieve that.

Upgrade Now

In case you want to try more advanced browser’s here is the list of our supported ones going forward:

Still stuck with older IE, try Google chrome frame

Thanks!

Greg

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