Internet Explorer support

We’ve seen Internet Browser requests adapt and update, from the old request to stay on IE7 (the reason our current releases support IE 7, 8 & 9), to the current trend of requesting support for other browsers, initiated by end-user requests who want to use their favorite browser on their chosen platform and IT organizations required to maintain active policies – used on a variety of desktop to handheld devices.


Current versions of eB Web use Active X controls to perform some file handling operations.  With requests for browsers that do not support Active X growing, Bentley recognized the limitations of this approach and has added support for HTML 5 file transfer..  This capability is available with the 16.3.1 release.


With the announcement from Microsoft that they will support only the latest Internet Explorer version available per platform from January 12 2016, we are being asked about upgrade paths. In the coming release of eB 16.3.1 the web client will support Internet Explorer 9, 10 & 11, covering all of the latest supported IE versions of Windows Platforms.


Windows Platform

Internet Explorer Version

Windows Server 2008 SP2

Internet Explorer 9

Windows 7 SP1

Internet Explorer 11

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Internet Explorer 11

Windows 8.1

Internet Explorer 11

Windows Server 2012

Internet Explorer 10

Windows Server 2012 R2

Internet Explorer 11


Table 1 of operating systems and supported Internet Explorer Versions from January 12, 2016. (Source: Microsoft)


Microsoft have recently released previews of Windows 10 and their new browser engine, Spartan.  We are evaluating Spartan, and expect support to be similar to other browsers without Active X.  Future versions will be tested against Windows 10 and Spartan as they are released.


What are your plans for browsers? Do you have a set of standard browsers or devices that should be supported? If so, please add a comment.