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Naughty Nigel
2nd March 2016, 10:39 AM
I am currently using IE 11 x64 on my Windows 8.1 machines, but I keep on seeing the following message:

"This site is optimised for modern web browsers, and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer".

Just to confuse things further, I saw a similar message on my iPad 2yesterday advising me that my version of Safari was out of date. :confused:

I thought IE11 was the latest version of Internet Explorer, and I certainly cannot find anything later online. This is beginning to cause me problems as certain websites (i.e. Barclays Online Banking) are refusing to work on my browsers.

All machines are kept fully up to date with the latest updates and patches etc.

However, I am working abroad at present (using either 4G or hotel WiFi), which seems to be prompting some of these messages but I don't know if that should make any difference?

DerekW
2nd March 2016, 10:42 AM
more likely the website has not been updated - try using Firefox on the 'dose machine - or Chrome.

OM USer
2nd March 2016, 11:00 AM
Short answer - don't know. But are you routing through a server designed to "speed up" your connection which is compressing data and maybe loosing some information whereby the client browser tells the host web server what its capabilities are?

Bikie John
2nd March 2016, 12:00 PM
Barclays website does it to me as well - I am bang up to date with everything as far as I know (desktop system with Win 10 and IE 11). As long as it doesn't refuse to work I just ignore it.

John

Ross the fiddler
2nd March 2016, 12:59 PM
If all all else fails, use Google Chrome instead. ;) *yes

AMc
2nd March 2016, 02:08 PM
I thought IE11 was the latest version of Internet Explorer, and I certainly cannot find anything later online. This is beginning to cause me problems as certain websites (i.e. Barclays Online Banking) are refusing to work on my browsers.
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However, I am working abroad at present (using either 4G or hotel WiFi), which seems to be prompting some of these messages but I don't know if that should make any difference?
IE11 is the latest version and if you're is like mine on Windows 8.1 it's set to auto update itself (check in the settings>about).
It's quite likely the sites are using out of date browser identification and are not actually recognising a later version as such so spit out a generic "not supported" message.

Microsoft have brought out a "new" browser called Edge on Windows 10. I came across a web conferencing site yesterday that flat out refused to load with it saying it "needed IE". I had to use Chrome in the end.

As others have said it's possible that the hotel and more likely the 4G network are using compression and proxies which are messing up the browser identification.

You can force IE11 to emulate earlier versions - press F12 to bring up the developer console and choose the "Emulate" tab to pick another version. It's really a web developer tool so I wouldn't choose to use it for anything as sensitive as banking.

I work loosely in corporate web development and there is an industry wide snobbery about IE so as others have said you might like to keep either Chrome or Firefox installed as a standby. They happily co-exist with other browsers once you've told them all they can't be the default browser :)
I use Chrome, Firefox and IE which allows me to pretend to be 3 users at once - accessing 3 gmail accounts without having to log in repeatedly.

Graham_of_Rainham
2nd March 2016, 02:40 PM
I use Firefox on a 15 year old XP laptop. It all the moving graphic adverts that bugger up most things.

Petrochemist
2nd March 2016, 03:55 PM
Count yourself lucky.
On my work PC I have to use IE8. Messages about incompatable browsers are almost as common as pages that let me see something.
Apparently issues with the PC prevent updating it without major reconfiguration (a swapout to allow this has been pending for months).
I'd much prefer to use Chrome or Firefox but don't have the rights to install them. :(
Isn't it great to work in R&D ?!?

Naughty Nigel
2nd March 2016, 06:11 PM
Thanks everyone. I thought it was me!

I have been seeing these messages for a while now, and just ignored them. The laptop is only a few months old and is always kept updated so I was surprised to see that IE11 was out of date as I wasn't aware of IE12 or similar.

What concerned me was the message from Barclays today that suggested I could log in now, but wouldn't be able to do so again (because of the outdated browser).

I think I will take your combined advice to install Chrome. The only reason I have not done so is that I have a deep distrust of Google, who already know far too much about me and my shopping habits, showering me with emails from Amazon whenever I do a Google search.

I really wouldn't want Google poking around when I am online to the bank as they would probably want to sell me an umbrella, and then snatch it back when it rains (rather like the bank)!

Ross the fiddler
2nd March 2016, 09:56 PM
Thanks everyone. I thought it was me!

I have been seeing these messages for a while now, and just ignored them. The laptop is only a few months old and is always kept updated so I was surprised to see that IE11 was out of date as I wasn't aware of IE12 or similar.

What concerned me was the message from Barclays today that suggested I could log in now, but wouldn't be able to do so again (because of the outdated browser).

I think I will take your combined advice to install Chrome. The only reason I have not done so is that I have a deep distrust of Google, who already know far too much about me and my shopping habits, showering me with emails from Amazon whenever I do a Google search.

I really wouldn't want Google poking around when I am online to the bank as they would probably want to sell me an umbrella, and then snatch it back when it rains (rather like the bank)!

When installed go to Show advanced settings & turn off undesirable options, such as Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed.

If in doubt about any settings I'm sure you will get the right advice here.

*chr