Blackboard Software Recommendations

Is your browser compatible with Blackboard? See the following tables regarding system / browser compatibility and support as defined by Blackboard, Inc. for version 9.1 SP12 (9.1.120113.0).

Certified Fully supported technology with highest level of testing before release.
Compatible Fully supported technology with minimal level of testing before release.
Unsupported Unsupported technology because it is either impossible or not tested.


Windows Systems

 

Internet Explorer 10

Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 8

Firefox
(Final Release Channel)*

Google Chrome (Stable Channel)**

Windows XP
(32-bit)

Unsupported by Microsoft

Unsupported by Microsoft

Compatible

Compatible

Compatible

Windows Vista
(32-bit)

Unsupported by Microsoft

Certified

Compatible

Certified

Compatible

Windows Vista
(64-bit)

Unsupported by Microsoft

Compatible

Compatible

Compatible

Compatible

Windows 7
(32-bit)

Compatible

Certified

Compatible

Certified

Certified

Windows 7
(64-bit)

Certified

Certified

Compatible

Certified

Certified

Windows 8
(32-bit)
Compatible Unsupported by Microsoft Unsupported by Microsoft Certified Certified
Windows 8
(64-bit)
Certified Unsupported by Microsoft Unsupported by Microsoft Certified Certified

*The Firefox Release Channel is the fully tested version by Mozilla and intended to be the most stable. This channel is updated roughly every 6 weeks. For further detail on Firefox, please review this article, Firefox Release Channels.

**The Chrome Stable Channel is the fully tested version by Google and intended to be the most stable as the name implies. This channel is updated roughly every 2-3 weeks for minor releases and 6 weeks for major releases. For further detail on Chrome, please review the material available at www.chromium.org.

Mac OSX Systems

 

Safari 6.0.1

Safari 5.1

Safari 5.0

Safari 4.0

Firefox(Final Release Channel)*

Google Chrome (Stable Channel)**

Mac OSX
10.6
"Snow Leopard"

Unsupported by Apple 

Certified

Certified

Compatible

Certified

Certified

Mac OSX
10.7
"Lion"

Certified
(10.7.5)

Certified

Unsupported by Apple

Unsupported

Certified

Certified

Mac OSX
10.8
"Mountain Lion"
Certified
(10.8.2)
Certified Unsupported by Apple  Unsupported Certified Certified

 

*The Firefox Release Channel is the fully tested version by Mozilla and intended to be the most stable. This channel is updated roughly every 6 weeks. More information is available at http://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2011/04/13/new-channels-for-firefox-rapid-releases/

**The Chrome Stable Channel is the fully tested version by Google and intended to be the most stable as the name implies. This channel is updated roughly every 2-3 weeks for minor releases and 6 weeks for major releases. For further detail on Chrome, please review the material available at www.chromium.org.

 

Notes:

Technologies NOT supported


Pop-Up/Spam Blockers

All popup blockers on your computer should be turned off before logging into Blackboard. If they aren't you may experience difficulties when using Blackboard. For more information on how to turn off pop-up blocker, see the following information. If you continue to have difficulties, please contact the Help Desk.

JavaScript and Cookies

Javascript and Cookies must be set to "enabled' or "true." Also, Java must be enabled. Alternatively, selecting the "Medium Security Level" (on the "Privacy" tab of the "Internet Options" panel) will provide the necessary settings.

Browser Plug-ins

For some courses, you may be required to have one or more of these plug-in application programs. Each course should specify which plug-ins are required. Generally, plug-in software should already be present on your computer when you purchase it. However, we recommend that you verify that (1) you have these plug-ins installed & configured on your web browser, and (2) you have at least the minimum required version for each plug-in.

Remember, all these plug-in software applications are free downloads from the vendors. For installation assistance with these plug-ins, please contact the technical support of the respective vendors.