I developed an intranet (local network) ASP.NET web project for my co-workers.

In the development process I used Chrome and Firefox and didn't test much with Internet Explorer.

The website works well with Firefox and Chrome and with IE it had major bugs.

Is it legitimate to ask the users to use Chrome or Firefox?

They are all co-workers (around 15 users).

I don't want to spend time fixing the bugs for IE, some might be related to stuff I can't fix myself (jQuery things), if I wanted to be compatible with all browsers, I would have to make a major re-design,


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I don't see a problem to set a single supported browser for small intranet applications, if using that browser is within company policy. Ironing out all the little problems with all browsers will likely cost more than an intranet application is worth.


For a small team like yours, yes, it might be legitimate. That doesn't mean they'll like your decision. And it may depend on who you're talking about - geeks often prefer Chrome or Firefox, while non-technical types often use Internet Explorer because it's built in and the default.

  • Most of them are developers like me, which I believe they use Chrome of Firefox indeed
    – Ofiris
    Jul 14, 2013 at 13:20

Almost every web site requires some additional time and effort to make properly written code and markup to work in IE. That's why clients get charged more. The extra effort is wasted on your people who wouldn't be using IE anyway. So requiring Chrome or Firefox should be easy and sane.


If your program is worth using, they will choose to use a browser that works, you won't have to ask them.

OTOH, you are putting your code out there for others to use. This is a Good Thing, and is how reputations are built. Keep that in mind when you give tools to your co-workers. Make it the absolute best that you can.

  • Depending on the skill level of the users, they might not. They might just complain that it's not working.
    – Izkata
    Jul 14, 2013 at 23:50

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