Internet explorer issues

Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) is now 9 years old, and as a browser it is not ageing well. Unfortunately, it is still popular in some hospitals, who are notoriously slow at upgrading software.

Not only is it unsupported by Microsoft and lacking many of the features that we have come to expect from browsers today, but more importantly it requires a disproportionate amount of effort when developing features: much time is spent in coaxing it into behaving. 

As the number of users accessing with IE7 drops, we have decided to spend the time and energy previously wasted on IE7 specific code and testing, on new features instead.

So what should you do if your hospital runs only IE7? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. give your IT department a call, or write them an email suggesting they upgrade to a newer and more secure browser
  2. upgrade to a version of IE supported by Microsoft 
  3. install a second browser (this may not work depending on your user privileges) 
    1. Google Chrome
    2. Firefox
  4. use a portable browser: these are great. They do not need to be installed in the usual way and will simply run out of a folder which can either live on a USB flash drive, or on the computer somewhere
    1. Google chrome portable
    2. Firefox portable

We are sorry if this causes any problems, but believe us, in the long run you will be glad you made the change. 

Frank Gaillard

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