Here is a list of operating systems and browsers that will work with Blackboard Learn, however, we strongly recommend using Firefox browser, especially for taking tests.
Locate your browser version and operating system below - Certified is best:
Key to Support Status:
Certified: fully tested and supported.
|Internet Explorer 9||Internet Explorer 8||Firefox (Final Release Channel)*||Firefox 3.6||Chrome (Stable Channel)**|
|Windows XP (32-bit)||Unsupported||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Windows Vista (32-bit)||Certified||Compatible||Certified||Compatible||Compatible|
|Windows Vista (64-bit)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Windows 7 (32-bit)||Certified||Compatible||Certified||Compatible||Certified|
|Windows 7 (64-bit)||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Safari 5.1||Safari 5.0||Safari 4.0||Firefox1 (Final Release Channel)||Firefox 3.6||Chrome (Stable Channel)|
|Mac OSX 10.5 "Leopard"||Unsupported||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible||Compatible|
|Mac OSX 10.6 "Snow Leopard"||Certified||Certified||Compatible||Certified||Compatible||Certified|
|Mac OSX 10.7 "Lion"||Certified||Unsupported||Unsupported||Certified||Unsupported||Certified|
1 Firefox 8 and Mac OS are not compatible with the drag and drop functions on Blackboard Learn.
*The Firefox Release Channel is the fully tested version by Mozilla and intended to be the most stable. This channel is updated roughly every 6 weeks. For further detail on Firefox, please review the material available at http://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2011/04/13/new-channels-for-firefox-rapid-releases/.
**The Chrome Stable Channel is the fully tested version by Google and intended to be the most stable as the name implies. This channel is updated roughly every 2-3 weeks for minor releases and 6 weeks for major releases. For further detail on Chrome, please review the material available at www.chromium.org.
Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 11 and 12 were used during accessibility testing for SP9.
Blackboard Learn requires the latest version of Sun JRE 6 or JRE 7. The JRE can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html. Windows System Administrators who want to provide auto-download for users can find the.cab file link for the appropriate JRE at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/autodownload-140472.html.
Java applets bundled with Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP9 are now signed with a timestamping authority, https://timestamp.geotrust.com, which certifies that the Blackboard code signing certificate was valid at the point in time when the applet was signed. Web browser client JDKs that trust the timestamping authority will run the applets without error, even after the Blackboard code signing certificate expires. All JDKs since version 1.5 trust this timestamping authority by default.
The following technologies are not supported:
Deprecation is a standard software practice to notify the community of future removal of support. These technologies are still tested and expected to perform in the intervening releases until the release in which they are removed from support.