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Bing Ads no longer supports Internet Explorer 8.
Really? Time to finally jump ship I guess

 8:41 am on May 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

When logging into my Bing Ads account today I got the message:

"Bing Ads no longer supports Internet Explorer 8. Check to see if you can update your browser version."

Clicked on the link included and it says: Nope you have the latest version (IE8) supported on your Windows XP computer (which JUST barely passed support expiration last month-ish)!
I have 3 brand new desktop computers and 1 brand new laptop which came with Bing's partner's W8 pre-installed (unfortunately) and we refuse to use them on a regular basis for anything useful because nearly all of the software versions that we currently use on old computers under XP (from Adobe Illustrator to Quickbooks) no longer work on the new machines. For the office it would cost 5+ times as much as the hardware, to upgrade to all the newest versions just to let us operate at the same level that we are currently. Utter nonsense! Better to cut loses and ditch the new hardware/OS. They are not going to force me to do this just to access their site. You can no longer buy computers with W7 and back-tracking is opening a can of worms from what I have read. Yes, I suppose I could pull a new one out of the storage closet, plug it in, boot it up, connect it to my mouse, monitor and keynboard, etc. just to run the latest version on MSIE, but... it's just not worth the time and effort.
Lot's of large businesses, from what I have read, have bought the extended support licenses for XP (obviously for very good reason), but I guess Bing ads doesn't care about any of this business. So unless they get smart and stop alienating business that doesn't want to buy their other products, it's time to drop them altogether.



 10:16 am on May 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

IE8 market share is under 6% and falling rapidly. Although some large organisations have bought XP custom support (the high profile ones are the British government and the US IRS) they still represent a small proportion of the the install base AND it is something that has been forced on them by a slow transition - they all have upgrade plans.

More and more sites are dropping IE 8 support because its on the way out.

If you do not have XP custom support, then using IE on XP is asking for trouble. The cost of an upgrade is nothing to the cost of the security and stability issues you will soon have.

You may get away with XP with another browser for a bit longer, but its still a bad idea.

You are going to have to upgrade soon,


 4:06 pm on May 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

Depending on the type of files you are using XP to work with, it might be an option to have a machine with newer software to use with a new IE version and just transfer the files to the XP for processing/work and share completed files to the newer system for interfacing the net. I keep an XP install for some software, never opened a browser in it and just transfer files in and out. Your work may not fit that setup but you don't want to be online today in vulnerable software.


 5:45 pm on May 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

>>> You can no longer buy computers with W7...

A number of major computer retailers responded to the anti 8 backlash and brought back computers with w7. They're out there. It may be cheaper for you to purchase discounted W7 OS then install your xp software. Then put 16 or more gigs of ram on your board and smoke those apps.


 11:22 pm on May 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

I still have some XP machines with legacy programs, but I don't let them see the net any longer. Don't use IE on them either, FF is the choice and a third party AV since there will eventually be no further updates of MS's AV programs for XP.

Win7 is still available, but you have to look for it. Win7 is my current work system, though I have set up a few Win8 machines for customers. (And did THEY blow a stack at having to replace all their software!)

For your immediate problem you might try FF instead of IE on your XP system.

Tropical Island

 11:00 am on Jun 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

Amazon is full of laptops with W7.


 7:08 am on Jun 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

I've tried FF (my much-preferred browser - I'm running FF version 29.0.1 as I write this) to log in for my Bing Ads in the last couple weeks and when you try to log in, it pretends it doesn't recognize your Password. It's sly though. It doesn't actually TELL you your ID/password is invalid (like it will if you ACTUALLY put in one or the other invalid) but it just returns to the log-in screen over and over and doesn't let you access your account. Someone is just being mean.
I looked into backtracking to W7 on the new machines and the couple of articles I read were about 5 pages of detailed instructions long and then ended with the equivalent of "In the end this may not work on your computer, so restore the original OS". Problem is, with some of the new machines, CD drives and MS discs are not even included to re-install the old version.


 12:36 pm on Jun 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

Have you tried bamboozling their sniffer with the FF User Agent Switcher?


 1:30 pm on Jun 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

I can't log in at Bing with FF myself, have to use Safari. I don't know, but suspect they don't care for the cookie handling or something. (?)


 3:52 am on Jun 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

If you are runni9ng NoScript on FF, then you'll have to ALLOW bing. See if that's the problem.

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