An initiative by web designers to inform users about browser-updates

Better notification behaviour

February 11th, 2015

We improved the procedure when to show the notification to be even more user-friendly: When the user closes or clicks the notification bar, we know that they noticed the notification. After this we do not show it again for a week, because this means the user has seen the bar but has some reason not to update their browser right now. Knowing this, we do not want to bother the users, but only remind them some longer time later.

The time interval to the next notification can be changed using the reminderClosed option. It defaults to about a week.


IE9, Fixes

November 3rd, 2014

Internet Explorer 9 was released in March 2011, almost four ago. We will now start to notify users of this browser (in the default configuration).

We changed the code you have to include in your site. It is a little bit smaller and faster.

In our continouing quest to inform the majority of relevant browser and not to erroneously bother users of small browsers we whitelisted a few small browsers (CoolNovo,Blackberry 10,PaleMoon, QupZilla), which will not get the notification.


More translations

June 30th, 2014

The browser upgrade page is now available in suomi (Finnish) Türkçe (Turkish) Română (Romanian) Also it was updated for español (Spanish).


Detection improvements

April 22th, 2014

Several improvements were made to the browser detection code: We improved the detection of Firefox ESR releases (which are supported by Mozilla for one year) and do not ask them to update. Although almost all the chrome users use the latest version of chrome because of the built-in auto-update mechanism, it may not work on some of the users. To keep these users up to date (and safe) we now also notify users that use out of date versions of chrome. Furthermore we improved the detection of other browsers we do not want to notify erroneously (e.g. Maxthon and Dolphin).


IE8 users will be notified

January 26th, 2014

Internet Explorer 8 was released almost five years ago in March 2009. We start now notifying users of this browser. Furthermore we notify users of these outdated browsers, which are not supported with security updates anymore: Firefox 10 or older (released Jan 2012, ≈< 0.5%), Opera 12 or older (released Jun 2012, ≈< 0.1%), Safari 5.0 or older (released Jun 2010, ≈<1%), Chrome 10 or older. BrowsersToNotify.


New Translations

January 26th, 2014

The update page is now available in Norsk bokmål (norwegian) and 中文 (simplified chinese). Also it was updated for polish, russian and italian.


SSL Support finally arrived

January 4th, 2014

Finally, can be used on SSL sites (https://)! Just grab the new code and it will automatically work as expected!


New and easier update page

January 4th, 2014

We simplified the update page a lot. The goal was to focus more on the next step the user has to take to choose an up-to-date browser.

This is why the browsers to choose are now on top. With a simple, short message telling the user what to do. Furthermore, we removed as many distractions as possible (removed the logo, we simplified the header, smaller menu, less text). The details why to update can still be found, but are a but further down the page.

The new page is already available in english, Deutsch, français, Nederlands, Čeština, shqipe, עברית and español. For other languages we need your help for translating a few sentences.

Along with these changes also the design of the rest page got a refresh.


Small improvements

January 2nd, 2014

1 000 000 Users updated their browser

Aug 1st, 2013

More than 1 000 000 Users updated their browser so far thanks to this service!


IE7 moved to outdated browsers

June 17th, 2012

Many webdesigners using have told us that we should move Internet Explorer 7 to the outdated Browsers since the release of IE9 last year.

Users now get warnings when they still use Internet Explorer 7 which was released more than 5 years ago in October 2006.

IE 7 currently approximately holds a global market share of less than 3%.

The default outdated browser list is now:

IE7 is after IE6 the browser webdesigners are struggling the most with when creating their sites. It supports almost none of the HTML5/CSS3 features and speed improvements of current browsers. An interesting approach to get users to update their browser was chosen by an Australian online shop: They added an additional tax for users of IE7 to pay their webdevelopers for optimizing the site for this ancient browser.

Additional information on when we moved browsers to the outdated list and discussion about it can be found on the wiki page "BrowsersToNotify".


French translation and Drupal module

July 30th, 2011
Finally we can add French to the supported languages list. Now we have four of the five top languages by native and secondary speakers. Thanks to Médéric for the translation!

Furthermore, there is now a module for the Drupal Content management system available. Thanks to Peter.


Microsoft: "Moving the world off Internet Explorer 6"

April 19th, 2011
Microsoft has also realized the problem about outdated browsers - at least regarding their fossil, Internet Explorer 6. They created the site "The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown" with the subtitle "Moving the world off Internet Explorer 6". Nice to see them join us in the fight. We,, already have convinced about 300 000 users to move off Internet Explorer 6!

IE9 released

March 5th, 2011
Internet Explorer 9 has been released today. But it is not available for Windows XP, which has still a significant market share. Since IE9 is only available for Windows Vista and Windows 7, we have introduced a message for people using other Systems that they need to choose another browser. "Internet Explorer 9 - Not available for your System. Only for Windows Vista or 7. Please choose another browser."

News from

January 19th, 2010
Its been a long time since the last update here and it may seem like this project is not improving. But we have plenty of updates, changes and achievements to talk about.
First of all we have over 6000 Websites using the script now. This is a impressive number but we need to reach more webmasters! So spread the word about this campaign. The Google-Hack showed that a secure and up-to-date browser is very important, with even Microsoft now advising to abandon IE 6.
We moved to a new (and hopefully easier) translation system using gettext. You can find more information on our translation page.
Now you can fully customize the notification using CSS and Javascript. This includes text, language, “open link in new window” and even a Javascript callback function.
New Server
We were moving to a faster server in November, because our old server could not handle the load anymore.
This year we need to decide if we should move Internet Explorer 7 to the default-list of outdated browsers.