Ending Support for Internet Explorer

Skillsoft will be ending support for the Internet Explorer (IE) browser on September 7, 2021. We recognize that we still have some organizations and learners using IE with our products, which is why we have waited as long as possible to make this change. If your learners or administrators are currently using Internet Explorer, please continue reading to understand how to prepare for the change and how it impacts your use of Skillsoft products.

We recommend you share this information with your IT organization to learn about their plans for replacing IE, verify that all users’ needs are covered, and inform them of Skillsoft’s schedule.

See Additional Resources to review Microsoft's plans for Internet Explorer.

How users are impacted

After September 7, 2021, users with Internet Explorer will have a degraded experience where some features may be unavailable, cease to function correctly or work with limited functionality. This change impacts all Skillsoft products, including Percipio, Skillport, and our content players. You will find the details of these impacts in the information below.

FAQ - General

  • Why is Skillsoft ending support for Internet Explorer?
    Skillsoft based its decision to end support for Internet Explorer based on several key factors: to ensure the security of our products; to continue providing innovative new features compatible only with modern browsers; many of the tools used to develop our products no longer support IE; Microsoft is ending support for IE in Microsoft 365 by August 2021 and support for IE in June 2022.

  • What happens on September 7, 2021?
    After September 7, 2021, users with Internet Explorer will, over time, have a degraded experience where some features may be unavailable, cease to function correctly or work with limited functionality.

  • Which products does it affect?
    The change impacts the following Skillsoft products: Percipio, Percipio Compliance, Skillport, Skillport Advanced Compliance OLSA, Skillsoft Course Manager (SCM), and Academy, in addition to our content players across all platforms.

  • What should I do if I'm unfamiliar with my organization's plans for Internet Explorer?
    We recommend the following course of action:
    • Review Microsoft's plans for Internet Explorer (see Additional Resources).
    • Engage with your IT department to understand their plans for your organization.
    • Contact Skillsoft support with any questions.

  • What browsers are supported?
    Skillsoft tests products against its browser matrix, which for most products includes Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple’s Safari browser (macOS only). Please refer to the individual Skillsoft product information below for more details.

FAQ - What Skillsoft product do you use?

  • What will be the Percipio experience for Internet Explorer users after September 7, 2021?​

    After September 7, Skillsoft will release new features and product enhancements that may not be compatible with Internet Explorer and could impact learners and administrators. Testing for compatibility with Internet Explorer will also end, meaning Skillsoft will no longer monitor issues related to the Internet Explorer experience. Additionally, the Skillsoft support team will no longer address issues explicitly associated with Internet Explorer. Skillsoft will continue to support and test the following browsers (both the current version and one prior version): Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple’s Safari.

    For more information, see System Requirements.

  • What will be the content integration experience for Internet Explorer users after September 7, 2021? ​

    After September 7, Skillsoft will release new features and product enhancements that may not be compatible with Internet Explorer and could impact learners and administrators. Testing for compatibility with Internet Explorer will also end, meaning Skillsoft will no longer monitor issues related to the Internet Explorer experience. Additionally, the Skillsoft support team will no longer address issues explicitly associated with Internet Explorer. Skillsoft will continue to support and test the following browsers (both the current version and one prior version): Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple’s Safari.

    Note for Compliance Content integrations: Skillsoft recommends the learner enable Web Accessibility from the intermediate page presented at course launch and use Google’s Chrome browser for content playback. The messaging within the Web Accessibility selection will change slightly to inform users that Google Chrome provides the most accessible experience with Skillsoft content.

    For more information, see System Requirements.

  • What will be the Percipio Compliance experience for Internet Explorer users after September 7, 2021?

    Skillsoft tests the learner and admin experiences with the Percipio browser matrix, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple’s Safari browser (macOS only). We do not anticipate any meaningful change in the experience as a result of IE’s removal. For accessibility, we recommend the learner use Google’s Chrome browser for content playback or Compliance content and enable the Web Accessibility checkbox within the user interface. We expect the Microsoft Edge browser to work similarly.

    For more information, see System Requirements.

  • What will be the Skillport experience for Internet Explorer users after September 7, 2021?

    We do not anticipate any immediate changes to the learner or admin experiences due to users accessing Skillport from another supported browser. However, Skillsoft cannot predict future changes to IE, and these changes may provide a degraded experience in Skillport. For a list of supported browsers, please visit our Knowledge Base.

    Web Accessibility Users: Skillsoft recommends users enable the Web Accessibility checkbox during login and use Google’s Chrome browser for content playback in Skillport. Updated site messaging will inform users that Google Chrome provides the most accessible experience with Skillsoft content.​

  • What will be the OLSA experience for Internet Explorer users after September 7, 2021?
    Skillsoft tests OLSA launches with Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple’s Safari (macOS only) web browsers. We do not anticipate any meaningful change in the experience due to users accessing the platform with one of these browsers. For accessibility, we recommend the learner enable the Web Accessibility from the intermediate page presented at course launch (if OLSA configured for accessibility) and use Google’s Chrome browser for content playback. The messaging within the Web Accessibility selection will change slightly to inform users that Google Chrome provides the most accessible experience with our content.
  • What will be the Skillsoft content management experience for Internet Explorer users after September 7, 2021?
    The Skillsoft Course Manager (SCM) leverages older technologies, including Java, which are dependent on Internet Explorer (IE11). The SCM is a mature solution and has been in maintenance for several years. Many of our customers who formally used the SCM have transitioned to Percipio and consume content offline from their mobile devices using the Percipio app for iOS and Android. While we do not anticipate any immediate impacts to the SCM once this new browser policy is in place, we do not expect to further develop or maintain it. Once IE is formally retired by Microsoft, the SCM will no longer work.