Software’s Farewell to XP (Chicago Platform)

With Microsoft’s XP/2003 Server rapidly approaching it End of Service, meaning no more security updates as of April 2014. Support has received several calls from sites with regard to desktop and Server upgrades and the running of our applications.

Windows Server 2008 R2 is the base upgrade path, the later version of IIS7 offering far more reliability for web hosted  applications. Selima’s Cloud  SaaS servers run on this platform, so customers wanting to go “virtual” can be assured this is a solid platform. Support will be trialing Server 2012 shortly and we’ll keep customers updated on performance and reliability on that version.

The alternative desktop O/S choices for sites are Windows 7, or Windows 8/8.1, either of which are fine with the HR and Payroll applications which run happily in both. Selima managed services has run Windows 7 since its inception, and several weeks  worth of testing have taken place on the Windows 8 desktop (non touch) satisfactorily from a support viewpoint. But there are considerations that sites should be aware of with regard to Internet Explorer 10.

IE10 is now part of the standard updates for Windows 7, and comes by default with Windows 8 (pleasenote at time of writing IE11 8.1 was not available) and the update has unfortunately caught out some clients, with IE10 dropping them out of the HR system. This in no way means that HR won’t run under IE 10, simply that a slight configuration change is all that is required, by the user or site IT department.

This is down to the fact that Microsoft moved the goalposts somewhat when the IE10 browser was released and implemented over 30 new standards , such as HTML5 , CSS3 effectively altering the default HTML  standard the browser runs in by default, from the previous widely used earlier IE versions.

Basically the browser has a ‘compatibility mode’, which the browser can switch back and forth from depending on the url site. This should be configured to run under IE9. A simple operation completed by :-

From the browser menu  select  Tools> Developer Tools (use [ALT]) to invoke the menu (or F12 to get straight there)

Then from the menu that appears simply click on “Browser Mode” and from the drop down select the IE version you wish to be compatible with IE9 is fine, but better results are obtained with IE8.

To save the option you’ve selected,  go back to the Tools menu and Click on the Compatibility View Settings simply adding the ipaddress / hostname or domains (and sub domain if required) to the list of compatible sites

With the existing HR interface now respectfully showing its age, after over 10 years service.  The company  have developed a new front end and implemented various improvements to the HR system performance with the release of a HR4 system, which is being rolled out to sites.

This new version not only has a new visual front end in keeping with the Windows  layout, but several performance improvements, all without changing the actual functionality of the system. So, little training is required, simply familiarisation with the feature layout changes such as the “charms” and the floating menu which replace the older icon bars and menu system.

HR4 has the advantage of being  non browser specific, so will run in all popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, offering better alternatives for home on site self service users.

 If you wish to find out more about HR4 please contact for details or demonstration.

 

 

 

 

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