Matt Carey, eBay’s CTO, announced today a new browser policy for eBay.com which focuses support on the most modern of web browsers (accounting for 95% adoption). This means that eBay will focus on:
- Microsoft IE 6.0 and higher
- Mozilla Firefox 1.5 and higher (including my favorite variant Flock)
- Apple Safari 2.0
This is a big acknowledgment of the growing popularity of browsers and operating systems made outside Redmond. Mac and Linux users rejoice!
Similar to Yahoo!’s graded browser policy, eBay will also continue to support basic functionality across other web browsers. The older the browser, the less likely features will work. This will eBay’s product design team continue to innovate on increasingly more interactive user experiences–something I’m quite excited about.
Example of what users with older web browsers will see while using eBay:
More about eBay Marketplace’s Browser Policy and How to Upgrade