Internet Explorer is being discontinued - what does this mean for web based terminal emulation?
Internet Explorer is being discontinued - what does this mean for web based terminal emulation?

Microsoft’s venerable web browser, Internet Explorer is being discontinued.

Whilst a replacement, Microsoft's Edge, was released in 2015, for those that still use Internet Explorer the date is fast approaching when Microsoft will forcibly retire its obsolete web browser product.

As of June 15, 2022 Internet Explorer will no longer receive security updates. In fact, for most users Internet Explorer will not even run and any attempts to open the browser will simply be redirected to Edge.

Why Is This Important for Web Based Terminal Emulation?

Internet Explorer had several features which vendors took advantage of to deliver browser based terminal emulator solutions, specifically support for Java Applets and Active X. We've talked about this before.

Support for Java Applets has been removed from every available modern browser other than Internet Explorer. As for Active X, as a Microsoft technology it was never really supported outside Microsoft's own browser software and the feature was not brought across to Internet Explorer's replacement, Microsoft Edge.

Don’t Rely on Compatibility Modes!

With the imminent demise of Internet Explorer, should your organization try to continue using a Java based or ActiveX based web terminal emulator your choices will be limited to running in a special compatibility mode of Microsoft Edge.

Does Your Existing Vendor Require Workarounds to Continuing Using Their Legacy Product?

Once upon a time, Turbosoft developed a web to host terminal emulator that utilized ActiveX, but that product has long since been retired in favor of a TTerm Connect modern replacement.

If you find yourself a situation where your terminal emulator solution relies on obsolete, insecure technologies, consider switching to a modern alternative from a software company that is actively developing its terminal emulation software for current devices and operating environments.

Migrate to TTerm Connect

TTerm Connect is Turbosoft's web to host product - it has zero client installation requirements and, as a purely HTML client-side solution, is capable of running in any modern browser. TTerm Connect scales well and can be deployed in single or multi-server configurations, with the capability to service the terminal emulation needs of thousands of concurrent users.

Not only that, TTerm Connect is competitively priced and Turbosoft will work closely with you in migrating to our platform - we can assist with configuration conversion, keyboard mappings, macros and more.

Web to Host for IBM Systems

TTerm Connects supports numerous IBM terminals for IBM mainframe and mid-range host systems including the 3151, 3101, 3270 and 5250 emulations. Our emulations for IBM are robust, accurate and fully featured. These terminal emulations are in use across our product range and have been proven over many years with organizations large and small. With wide ranging IBM support TTerm Connect’s HTML offering makes it the ideal replacement for Java based IBM terminal emulators like Ericom’s Powerterm WebConnect or IBM Host on Demand.

Web to Host for NonStop Systems

TTerm Connect’s 6530 emulation for Tandem (HPE NonStop) systems has undergone a number of enhancements in the latest versions, including performance improvements and the addition of features like custom on-screen keyboards tailored for common usage, such as for Tedit. TTerm Connect offers a secure, indirect connection to your NonStop host without the need for Java or Active X components making it the perfect replacement for Java based emulators such as outsideViewWEB or Comforte j6530.

Other Web to Host Terminals

Looking for another terminal type? TTerm Connect supports the widest range of emulations of any comparable product. View the TTerm Connect product specifications.

Download TTerm Connect

To download a free, no-obligation trial version of TTerm Connect visit the Trial Software Downloads page, alternately, reach out to a Turbosoft representative to discuss your web to host terminal emulation needs today.

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TTerm Connect is Turbosoft's web based terminal emulator.

Built on common web technologies such as HTML5, CSS and Javascript, TTerm Connect requires no desktop software installation or management and is able to provide terminal emulation services regardless of platform.

For product information, free trial software and technical specifications, visit the TTerm Connect product page.