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I know that the Stack Overflow system is designed well enough that you can have read-only access even in Lynx.

But what are the official browsers that the team supports that can use every feature of the site? And what do the browsers need to do so?

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The bottom line:

"We support current and previous versions of all browsers with some reasonable amount of market share, but not beta or development versions." –Jeff, paraphrased (source); subsequently reaffirmed by other developers


The following list is the community's best guess about supported browsers based on the above rule and team members' statements.

Standard View

Mobile View

  • Android browser
    • Supported: 4.0 and up (source)
  • Mobile Safari
    • Supported: 7.0 and 6.1 (current versions)
  • BlackBerry Browser
    • 7.0 and 7.1 — possibly supported (current versions; enough market share?)
  • Firefox for Mobile
    • Stack Overflow appears to function properly in 10.0.3
  • Chrome for iOS
    • Stack Overflow appears to function properly in the latest version
  • Opera Mobile
    • Stack Overflow appears to function properly in 12.0.1
    • Explicitly unsupported: Opera Mini (source)
  • Symbian
  • Internet Explorer Mobile
    • Works with Windows Phone 8, at least.
  • Other
    • probably unsupported

What else do I need?

There are requirements beyond using a modern browser for getting the best possible experience:

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Anyone have a status on Firefox ESR? It doesn't follow the latest/greatest like the standard version. –  Zoredache Oct 12 '12 at 20:27
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Chrome for iOS is mentioned but not Chrome for Android. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Feb 26 '13 at 20:38
    
Chrome is currently up to version 27, while the supported versions are listed as 23 & 24? Would it make sense to just write "current version and the one before that" or something, so we don't have to keep this up to date with the rapid releases? –  hammar May 25 '13 at 22:52
    
@hammar I tried to do that with the header and blockquote at the top, but I did worry that it would up looking so much like an ad that it would trigger banner blindness. Presentation ideas would be appreciated! –  Pops May 27 '13 at 13:31
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Is there any chance Safari 7 on mobile and computer could be added to the list of supported browsers (or should we just edit this on the presumption that policy is to support N and N-1 for any supported browser from day one of the each release)? –  bmike Nov 4 '13 at 17:14
    
Just wanted to mention IE with Windows Phone 8 works fairly well, except that comments are currently tapable, but seem to do nothing except make it harder to tap the up arrow. (Entered using IE on WP8.) –  Mark Hurd Dec 13 '13 at 7:34
    
Thanks for fixing the comment tap issue. –  Mark Hurd Dec 22 '13 at 9:57
    
@paul Do you have any source for that update of yours? Anything that confirms that browser is officially supported? –  Bart Apr 17 at 18:25
    
@Bart I use it every day. I was answering another question when I found this one. –  Paul Sweatte Apr 17 at 18:26
    
... that doesn't make it officially supported @PaulSweatte. That you use it and it works does not imply official support. –  Bart Apr 17 at 18:27
    
@Bart Ah, so it just works ala Internet Explorer Mobile. –  Paul Sweatte Apr 17 at 18:30
    
Yeah, for now I'd say so @PaulSweatte. Perhaps there can be official confirmation that there is support, but I can't find any evidence of that. –  Bart Apr 17 at 18:43
    
@Bart Thanks for the confirmation. –  Paul Sweatte Apr 17 at 18:52
    
@oxinabox please do not vandalize this post. Thanks. –  Shadow Wizard Jul 16 at 6:57
    
What are you talking about @Shadow Wizard? I improved the formatting. Removing the excessive use of bold in the quote (quotee shouldn't be bolded, removing bold there help distinguish the source from the content). And I broke some of the dot points on to extra lines (Unless I accidentally bumped the keyboard deleting a large section?) –  oxinabox Jul 16 at 7:26

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