Today the release notes of Blackboard 9.1 SP5 were published (only accessible with BtB-account). This release is a bugfix release, but also got some new features, especially around the security of the system. Every release Blackboard also updates the support server and client platforms. I was surprised to see the Client Configurations that are supported in this release:
As you can see, all the new browsers (Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4 and Google Chrome) that were released recently are not supported. I'm especially disappointed that Blackboard is still not supporting Google Chrome. If you look at the most recent browser market shares, you can see that Chrome already has more than 10% market share. At our Blackboard system, Google Chrome is already the most used browser, with a share of 29%.
If you look at the certified browsers, Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.6 and Safari 5.0, on Windows you have to use an old browser. And the Mac you can use Safari, which is up-to-date.
Within the Blackboard Usergroup (nlbbug) most institutions can only upgrade in the summer and most teams are already preparing for their upgrade. So SP6 will be released too late for this summer's upgrade. This means that we have to wait another year before we can officially support IE9 and FF4 and Chrome.