Canvas Changes Feature Clarifications [Archive]

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Canvas periodically includes new functionality that is enabled for all Canvas institutions at a later date. This page provides an archive for all previous announcements. 


Current announcements can be found in Upcoming Canvas Changes Feature Clarifications.


3 August 2019

Internet Explorer 11 Browser Support

Internet Explorer 11 is a web browser developed by Microsoft in 2015.



Since the release of Microsoft Edge, more customers have been switching to more modern browser technologies. Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 11 will ultimately be discontinued. Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10 machines.


Upcoming Change

On 3 August 2019, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported as a Canvas browser. Internet Explorer was previously downgraded to a functionally supported browser in March 2018.


Customer Action

  • If a Microsoft browser is required for your institution, Microsoft recommends transitioning to Microsoft Edge for a safer, faster, and improved browser experience.
  • Some older programs on institutional hardware (such as in computer labs) may require Internet Explorer 11. To support Canvas concurrently, another browser may need to be installed such as Chrome or Firefox.




15 July 2019

Canvas Release Schedule Adjustments

The Canvas Release Schedule will be adjusted to support two-week deploys and monthly releases every third Saturday of the month.



Existing three-week releases include code deploys for predetermined features, fixed bugs, backend changes, performance updates, API modifications, platform upgrades, and other code adjustments completed by our engineering teams. However, releases and deploys should not be synonymous terms. More and more software companies are moving to cloud-based continuous deployments because of both the engineering and customer benefits.


Upcoming Change

Beginning July 15, Canvas teams will make adjustments to the Canvas release schedule focusing on two key objectives: make new feature releases more predictable and improve the quality of Canvas code. Releases and deploys will be separate events. A deploy means making code available in a specific environment; code may or may not be visible. A release represents a scheduled event when code is intended to be visible.


  • Releases contain changes that affect user workflows for any Canvas-related product, including API/SIS integration adjustments.
  • Deploys contain non-customer-affecting code changes intended to fix bugs, improve performance, and prepare for new features.


Releases and deploys will take place on the following timelines:

  • Feature releases in the production environment take place on the third Saturday of every month, beginning August 17
  • A preview of the following month’s release will be available in the beta environment the same day as the production release, beginning August 17
  • Deploys of the main Canvas codebase to the production environment take place every other Wednesday, and beta deploys take place every other Thursday, beginning July 31 and August 1, respectively


Customer Action

Customers should note the change in the production release as noted in the Canvas release schedule. Users can follow the release schedule via the Canvas Updates Calendar and subscribe via HTML or iCAL.


For all specific date changes, please see the Timeline Implementation section of the Canvas Release Changes blog post.



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