Sellers had fun at Amazon's expense when it announced it was dropping support for Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) as of January 31, 2021. "This change will empower our development teams to innovate and deliver upgrades to the Seller Central website," the marketplace said.
"If you are currently using Internet Explorer, we request that you switch to a supported web or mobile browser to avoid any disruption. Your options include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge."
Other than security updates, Microsoft hasn't updated its IE browser since 2016 (it has a new browser called Edge). A seller said they couldn't remember the last time Amazon officially supported IE, "this announcement probably should have been made years ago."
Others poked fun at the announcement.
"Does this mean no more seller support messages by telegram and no more horse and carriage shipments, either?"
"What I really need to know is if my Windows 98 PC will be able to support those new fandangle browsers."
"Will I still be able to see it from my Compuserve account???"
On a more serious note, one seller pointed out a downside, writing, "Of course IE is the only one that can be programmatically controlled. So all those tasks that Amazon doesn't provide an API to, you will be no longer be able to automate them. Welcome to further tedium, lack of scalability and increased costs."
And another seller said Amazon Seller Central has not worked properly with Safari for about a month. And another said there were problems using Seller Central with Google Chrome, such as the Complete your drafts function. "Hopefully not supporting IE will help their software engineers solve the current issues," the wrote.
A moderator addressed some concerns today in the following posts:
- "The planned policy update does not require any platform changes during the holiday season. The policy update will simply become effective in January 2021."
- "Seller Central will continue to work for Internet Explorer (IE). After the policy update (January 2021), new features may not work as expected for IE."