The world wide web recently turned thirty. During that time the web evolved from the rather simple idea to share static information among scientists to the leading software platform that about half of mankind has access to. We owe this not least to the sheer spread of browsers, the piece of software that lets you interact with web sites and web applications. They exist for almost all devices you can think of which have a connection to the internet, including your desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, tv's, and in some cases even fridges and toasters.
The most dominant player in the browser market was Internet Explorer (IE) by Microsoft, originally released way back in 1995. For years, the terms Internet Explorer and web browser were essentially one and the same. IE came installed by default on every Windows computer, so nearly everyone with a PC used it. In the early 2000’s, IE held about 95% of the market share.
Since then, many new web browsers, like Chrome, Firefox or Safari, have overtaken it – and for good reason. Over the years, IE has been plagued by bugs, security problems, and performance issues. New web standards were adapted very slowly or even not at all which made it very hard or sometimes even impossible to develop modern web applications.
Microsoft no longer supports older versions of Internet Explorer
Microsoft stopped supporting versions 7, 8, 9, and 10 of IE back on Jan 12, 2016. That means no patches or security updates, which makes your PC more vulnerable to viruses and malware. There are also no more patches or fixes, which is bad news for software that has such a long history of bugs and oddities.
Microsoft does still support the most recent version of IE, version 11. However, even on their own product support pages, they encourage users to download their new browser: Microsoft Edge.
Sunsetting Internet Explorer support
We have always put a strong focus on application design and usability. For us it is very important that you as a user can easily navigate through our system, do your inputs and find the information you are looking for as fast as possible. We take pride in the fact that our application design and usability principles have become a reference in the shipping industry which other software providers have started to mimic in their applications. But there is room for more and we have lots of ideas how we can make the user experience of the Cloud Fleet Manager platform even better using the modern web standards already available today.
As Microsoft has not implemented any new functionality into Internet Explorer since May 2015, we made the decision that it's time for us to move on and officially drop the support for Internet Explorer for all future and most recently released web applications in favor of our customers, to keep on delivering the best ship management software in the market.
Which web browser should I use for Cloud Fleet Manager?
Thankfully, you have a far greater choice when it comes to web browsers today. Which one you should choose mainly depends on what platform or device you’re using, and what browser features you find most important. We do officially support Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. Please just make sure to always update your browser of choice to the newest version for the best Cloud Fleet Manager user experience.