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Update August 14th: The feature Notifications is now rolled out to all our customers hosted at USIT. The translations will be updated tomorrow, Friday, August 15th.

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We are excited to announce a new functionality in Fronter: Notifications. This release shows a bell icon next to the user's name in the upper right corner.

Notifications give information from the Assignment tool. Students will get a notification when they have a new assignment waiting for them and when a teacher has evaluated an assignment. More Fronter tools will be connected to Notifications this fall, starting with the News tool.

The first customers will get Notifications activated on Monday, August 11th. Some days later, Thursday, August 14th, the rest of the customers hosted at USIT will get the feature.

Please note that this release is only for all customers with a Fronter URL of the format fronter.com/customername. Customers hosted at other hosting centers will get Notifications in a later release.

The Scorm server at our main Oslo hosting center is scheduled to have maintenance on Wednesday 13th Aug 2014. The work will start at 20:00 CET and will be finished by midnight. The Scorm service will be unavailable during this service window.

Fronter is in the process of deploying more hardware and services into production in our main hosting centre in Oslo, as a result we have exhausted our current published address range of 193.157.209.0/26 and need to extend it to the next octet 193.157.209.0/25. Can you please ensure your network teams implement these changes before Monday the 4th of August 2014 (2014-08-04) as we will be deploying a new integration server into production on this date.

Fronter's Public network information can be found here.

If you require further clarification of the above network changes and their impact please do not hesitate to contact your support channel.

Note: The new integration server will be the only service effected by this change at this stage so will only have an impact on currently active integrations where we pull data from a customer endpoint and they have firewall restrictions on this service. As this is Start Of Year time for most customers hosted from Oslo the integration framework will only be impacted by this when they re-activate integrations after the above date so just need to ensure that the changes have been implemented on firewalls before re-activating integrations after the 4th of August 2014.

Today we have applied a change that forces all Internet Explorer users out of Compatibility View when using Fronter.
(This change is currently being rolled out to our hosting centers. All our hosting centers will have this update running from early next week.)

In general, when using Compatibility View, websites are displayed as if you were viewing them in a previous version of Internet Explorer, sometimes causing errors. This has caused us to receive many support requests that would have been avoided if the user didn't use the Compatibility View. This is why we previously have warned against using this function in Internet Explorer.

An exception: Our current Scorm course player will still run in IE8 Compatibility View until we upgrade the Scorm player. This is planned to be done later this summer.

Ephorus, the plagiarism prevention tool used in Fronter, is constantly improving its service. In order to do so, Ephorus will not be available on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of July. During that time no documents can be submitted.

From 21st of July the service will be back to normal. 

Curious about the Ephorus tool? See What is Ephorus and how do I get started with it?

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