Microsoft Internet Explorer Support and the Impact on Nakisa Systems17 Jan 2016
On 12 January 2016 Microsoft officially ended support for all remaining versions of its Internet Explorer browser prior to Internet Explorer 11. As a result Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for versions prior to Internet Explorer 11. This can potentially leave users vulnerable to yet to be discovered security vulnerabilities and as history bears out this is a very real risk.
Microsoft recommend that all users of earlier versions of Internet Explorer upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, with this version offering improved security, increased performance, better backwards compatibility and greater support for the set of ever advancing web standards.
Visualization Solutions by Nakisa (VSN) provide visual representations and interactivity with data sourced from HCM systems (e.g. SAP). These solutions deliver the interface via a user’s web browser and historically the compatibility with Internet Explorer has always been greatest.
Nakisa produce a compatibility matrix document (ref. 1501039 - STVN/SOVN Compatibility & Maintenance) that includes details of the browser compatibility for each VSN version.
Note that for VSN versions prior to 4.1 SP1 Internet Explorer 11 is not officially supported and for VSN 4.1 SP1 and SP2, only older versions of Internet Explorer are supported for use with the VSN AdminConsole (the browser based interface for configuring and maintaining each VSN application).
If you use VSN applications prior to 4.3, newer than 4.0 and are going to be upgrading your Internet Explorer version to 11, then you have two options in order to maintain your compatibility.
The first would be to upgrade your VSN applications to the latest version (currently 4.3 SP2). This will give you greater compatibility (including AdminConsole compatibility with non-Internet Explorer browsers) as well as access to the latest features and a greater range of VSN support via SAP mainstream maintenance†.
The second option would be to keep an older version of Internet Explorer available for use in accessing AdminConsole and to switch users to Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome (which auto-updates to the latest version) as the VSN version compatibility permits.
For anyone running VSN applications for versions 4.0 or below then there simply isn’t official support for the latest browsers and upgrading is definitely the way to go.
If you are interested in learning more about your VSN and browser compatibility options or more about the benefits of upgrading your VSN applications please contact ROC who would be happy to discuss your particular needs.
† Note that mainstream maintenance for all VSN versions prior to 4.3 ceased on 30 November 2015.