"Do you support beta browsers?"

3 Apr

When you’re working as hard to optimize a user experience as PBwiki does, beta browsers present a bit of a dilemma.

On the one hand, we want to support as many of our users as possible. On the other hand, it doesn’t make sense for us to do a lot of engineering work to support a browser until we’re pretty sure that its been stabilized.

For the most part, beta browsers will work, but there’s no official guarantee.

For example, we absolutely plan to support Firefox 3.1. But until the beta is set, we’ll probably hold off on making changes…after all, Mozilla might change the 3.1 code further before it’s finalized, which means that any work we do now could be wasted, or even worse, cause more problems down the line.

3 Responses to “"Do you support beta browsers?"”

  1. Crystal April 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    This is really the risk you choose to take in using a beta browser or program. If you want absolute certainty that things will work as expected, you choose a stable edition, or you have a stable edition as a ‘spare’.

  2. alex April 8, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    thank goodness you’re not trying to support Firefox 3.1…it’s jumped to 3.5!!

  3. Brian Kirchoff April 9, 2009 at 4:37 am #

    As an engineer at PBwiki who works to ensure our product works in as many browsers as possible, its reasonable advice for our users to not use beta browsers.

    At the same time I would like to point out how much we would like to encourage you all to use the latest stable version of your browser of choice. While MSIE 6 and Firefox 2 might still be supported browsers, by upgrading you will get the best PBwiki experience not to mention improved performance and peace of mind having the latest security updates.

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