SAM Users Need to Check Their Browsers

October 6, 2016

Updates for Accessing the System for Award Management (SAM)

Source: US GSA, October 5, 2016

In January 2016, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 7 and 8 (IE7 & IE8) will no longer be supported.  Security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates will no longer be available for these versions.  For guidance and upgrade resources, please visit TechNet here.

Effective October 2016, you can no longer access the System for Award Management (SAM) using Internet Explorer (IE) Versions 7 & 8 (IE7 & IE8).

Those browser versions will be actively blocked.

You either need to upgrade to a Internet Explorer version of IE9 or higher, or access SAM with another supported browser type (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc).

SAM supports the most popular internet browsers, specifically Internet Explorer v9+, Chrome 33+, Firefox v3+, Opera v9.64+ and Safari v3.2+.


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