Okay, maybe you said “Peace Out!” to Internet Explorer last year, or years ago, but the time has arrived when even Microsoft is just over a few of the aging Web browsers. Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 will receive their last security updates and enter end-of-life today.
If you are one of the few still perusing the Internet with one of these browsers, you will be prompted to update to a newer version starting today. Try not to ignore these prompts. This end-of-life will create unpatched vulnerabilities, perfect for the identity thieves to join you on your Internet tour.
Samanage Customers on Internet Explorer
With just over 50% of Samanage customers having some kind of Internet Explorer running in their organization, we were curious how this change would affect them. The truth is, it doesn’t seem to have a very big effect…if any at all. Many Samanage customers moved on to Google Chrome as their organization’s browser of choice, only keeping Internet Explorer as an option for homegrown applications and websites built for internal use that only run on IE.
Five out of the top six operating systems for Samanage users fall under Microsoft, making it hard to understand why so few customers are running Internet Explorer. However, Samanage customers said that the biggest reason they have moved away from the Internet Explorer browser is because of slow loading and rendering time. Another reason for the move was that newer sites no longer support Internet Explorer as a browser, thus forcing organizations and team members to move on to another browser should they want to utilize the site or tool.
What does this mean for the Samanage app?
“For our applications, the current plan is to support IE 9 and 10,” said Steve Stover, VP of Product Management at Samanage. “We have already dropped 8, but Google Analytics tells us that users are still accessing Samanage with IE 8 and even 7 – in small numbers, but it happens. We are evaluating dropping support for IE 9 sooner rather than later. It was introduced with Vista and we have very few customers using the application via this version due to the significant limitations. We will discover how to work around these limitations as we continue to drive the best possible user experience with our applications.”
Samanage will continue to support the discovery of multiple versions of IE in the Asset Management solution, as we believe it is important that we provide visibility in the risk of running unsupported software to customers.