We often get the question of our customers which browsers Dropsolid is supporting. Many customers are still using Internet Explorer as a default browser and we occasionally get some questions about this.
Let’s take a look at what browsers there are today and what their market share is:
- Chrome: 60.75% - Webkit
- Safari: 17.74% - Webkit
- Firefox: 7.49% - Webkit
- Samsung Internet: 3,96% - Webkit (Firefox)
- Edge: 3.06% - EdgeHTML -> Moving to Webkit
- Internet Explorer: 2,77% (Trident)
- Opera: 2.29% - Webkit (version 15+)
If we take a look at this data, we see that Internet Explorer is using a different type of engine. This engine is running behind on other browsers and even Microsoft is aware of this. With Edge (the successor of Internet Explorer), Microsoft is also shifting towards the Webkit engine.
This data is coming from the following source: https://gs.statcounter.com/browser-market-share/all/europe/#monthly-201909-201909-bar filtered on Europe & Edge/IE split.
So not only the Marketshare, but also the effort it costs to use and maintain something different than the Webkit engine has been the deciding factor. Given that only 2.48% of the people in Europe are using Internet Explorer, together with the effort it takes us to include this as an exception as standard in the package, we cannot justify this in terms of development. It would also cost you much more as a customer, for very little added value. The websites will certainly function correctly on Internet Explorer, but no guarantee is given for possible styling bugs.
So, to support the largest possible audience and to be able to keep the technical & costs in control for you as a customer, we support the following browsers:
In addition, we always support the latest stable version of those browsers and the version just before.
The mobile versions of these browsers use the same engines (WebKit) and therefore will not be a problem. When you have a mobile design, we take this into account as well as possible and ensure that they are responsive. Pixel-perfect conversion of design to the web is a myth, but we guarantee that it will work functionally.
If you still want to see some things changed in browsers that are not in this list and you have an issue, we can take a look at this for the latest version of the given browser. You can then forward these matters to email@example.com and we’ll have one of our developers make an estimation of the necessary work. We’ll then send this estimation so that you know how much work it can take. When this estimation is approved by the customer, it will be executed and invoiced at the end of that month. The estimation is however just a guide.
If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 09 / 395.02.92.