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Blackboard End-User Technical Requirements

The Gottesman Libraries currently runs Blackboard version 8.0.475.0 (Service Pack 6)

End-user Technical requirements for this version of Blackboard include:Certified: fully tested and supported. 

Compatible: partially tested but should function properly. 
Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported: either impossible or not tested. 

Microsoft® Windows® Operating System

  Internet Explorer® 8 Internet Explorer 7 Firefox 3.5
Firefox 3.0
Windows XP® (32-bit)
Compatible Compatible Certified
Windows Vista® (32-bit)
Windows Vista (64-bit)
Compatible Compatible
Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
Compatible Unsupported
Compatible Unsupported 

Apple® Mac OS® Operating System

  Safari® 4.0 Safari 3.x Firefox 3.5
Firefox 3.0
Mac OSX 10.4 "Tiger®" Compatible Compatible Compatible
Mac OSX 10.5 "Leopard®" Compatible Compatible Compatible
Mac OSX 10.6 "Snow Leopard®" Certified
Compatible Certified

Configuration Notes:

  • Sun Java™ Runtime Environment 5 (JRE™ 5) is no longer supported.  It may continue to work but Java 6 Update 13 or higher is the only supported JRE.
  • Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 5 are not supported.
  • Firefox 1.x and 2.0 are not supported.
  • Safari 2.0 is no longer supported.
  • Internet Explorer 8 is supported in Standards Mode only. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior).
  • Google Chrome is not supported.
  • Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible.  JAWS 9 and 10 are used during accessibility testing of 8.0 SP6

For technical assistance using Blackboard, please contact us at

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