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Sunsetting Internet Explorer 11 Support

Last updated on June 25, 2020 - Back to blog home page


Saying good-bye to Internet Explorer 11 (and Internet Explorer all together)

In May 2018, I was writing a similar blog post about ending support for Flash in Radiant Media Player. As we were one of the first web video players to drop Flash on the market, I remember sweating a bit on that one as we were moving forward with our no Flash - HTML5 only policy. Today I am "glad" to announce that with our next minor release, Radiant Media Player 5.10, we will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (for Windows 7, 8 and 10). "Glad" here may be large word some may say, as the wind of nostalgia may take some of us back to the glorious CSS or JavaScript hacks that we have come to love and ... hate over the years to fit Internet Explorer rendering engine.

In place of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft is bringing a top-notch browser, MS Edge Anaheim (a Chromium-based flavor of MS Edge). This new version of MS Edge runs not only on Windows 10, but also on Windows 7, 8, macOS and is already showing good sign of adoption on the market.


Why are we sunsetting Internet Explorer 11 support in Radiant Media Player now?

The reason why we are taking that move now is because the cost of maintaining support for Internet Explorer 11 outdated CSS or JavaScript engine is no longer a reasonable option, especially with all those new and exciting specifications available for more modern browsers: WebXR, LL-HLS ...

Internet Explorer 11 usage has steadily decline over the past few years and is now well below 5%. It is now safe to say that dropping support for Internet Explorer 11 will have very little to no impact on your viewers.

Microsoft's own view on Internet Explorer 11 is to consider it as a "compatibility solution" for outdated web apps.

We are not alone in that choice to drop support for Internet Explorer 11, as the team behind Shaka Player - Shaka Player that we use for DASH streaming in Radiant Media Player - has already made that push forward.


What happens if I still have to support Internet Explorer 11?

The latest version of Radiant Media Player 5.9 will still support Internet Explorer 11. When 5.10.0 is made publicly available, support for Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be guaranteed in Radiant Media Player. Customers (there should not be many) with a business requirement to support Internet Explorer 11 may remain on latest version 5.9 until that requirement fades away.

For most Radiant Media Player customers, version 5.10 will be even faster and more consistent across devices, so your viewers will be the first happy with that change!


Arnaud Leyder - Radiant Media Player founder

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