Tuesday, September 25, 2012

District to Start Using Mozilla Firefox

Technology continues to change rapidly - and now it’s moving even faster with the proliferation of mobile devices, including smartphones, iPads, and Tablets.  In response to the need for change, Google (Gmail) announced recently that as of November 15th it would no longer support Internet Explorer (ver. 8) on older WindowsXP workstations.  Complicating this, an upgrade to Internet Explorer version 9 on older workstations is not possible. 

In response to Google’s announcement, the School District of Janesville will begin deploying a new Internet browser on all District computers.  To head off any problems, staff and students will have access Mozilla Firefox.  Already, some staff and students are experiencing problems with Gmail locking up, displaying random, meaningless error messages.  Using Firefox will correct this.

WindowsXP users who have IE8 on their home or personal computers are encouraged to upgrade before the deadline as well. It is reported that users who attempt to use Google Mail or Google Apps on IE8 after November 15 will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser. Some staff and students have already reported trouble with certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, and Google Sites, and eventually they apps will stop working entirely.

If you're interested in reading more about Firefox, you can see current news and information from their official blog at: http://blog.mozilla.org/

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