With the release of Alemba Service Manager in 2018, we expanded the capability of the tool to break the constraints of plug-ins and the reliance on Internet Explorer. The available interfaces of Core, Nano and Portal were available to use in modern browsers such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. New features, enhanced security measures and improved performance techniques necessitated the removal of Internet Explorer support for Core and Nano as they were incompatible.
Until now, the self-service portal has continued to be available using Internet Explorer. However, similar reasons, including Microsoft’s recent release of IE mode in Edge for legacy apps and their App Assure programme, has driven us to focus on modern browsers as it makes the transition to Edge available to the corporate environment. Therefore, the self-service portal will also not be supported using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge Legacy from version 10.4 onwards.
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vFire Core has a dependency upon Internet Explorer 11 due to the ActiveX Control Wrapper used to produce the multiple window interface within a browser session. IE 11 is the last Microsoft browser to support ActiveX controls (as an Add On). Modern browsers (including Microsoft Edge Chromium) no longer support ActiveX controls, and therefore vFire Core will not run on these browsers.
With this being the case, the following points should be noted:
We are aware that more recent versions of Edge have a degree of ActiveX support in their IE mode. This has not been tested or certified by Alemba. Anecdotally, we have heard that vFire 9.x runs fine on Edge in IE mode. However, our strong recommendation is still to upgrade to ASM v10.
Alemba has been aware of the deprecation of Internet Explorer for some time. This has led to a considerable amount of development effort made to replace all the ActiveX controls with pure HTML5 mark-up language. This means that upgrading to Alemba Service Manager v10 (the HTML5 replacement for vFire Service Manager v9) provides the following advantages:
The Alemba team are happy to work with you to upgrade your vFire Service Manager instance to a modern ITSM experience. Feel free to reach out to your account manager to discuss what is involved in upgrading your vFire Service Manager system to Alemba Service Manager.
For more information about this change, please contact your account manager.
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