Storyline on Windows 8.1 and ready for Windows 10(?)

Jul 16, 2015

I've been using Windows 7 since Storyline first launched. Other than the expected performance issues with Windows, in general it's been a stable operating system. Probably one of their all time best OSs.

I suspect within time Win7 will be 'legacy' and Microsoft will stop supporting it. However, I can't ignore the enormous grief folks are having with Win8.x versions. I just received an offer to upgrade Win7 to Win10 for free when it becomes available. 


  • If you're using Win8.1 how would you rate (scale 1-10 with 10 being best) using Storyline?
  • Whether you're like me on Win7 or Win8.1, are you considering upgrading to Win10?
  • Will Storyline need an update/upgrade to run on Win10? *question for Articulate staff/engineers.

Note:  All work on a Mac and running virtual client for Windows. I only use Windows for Storyline and MS Office.

20 Replies
Phil Mayor

I Kevin, I have used Windows 10 (preview) in a separate VM with Storyline 2 seems to work fine.  Honestly I have no plans to upgrade from windows 7.  I have an 8.1 surface and get roped into supporting a relatives 8.1 machine from time to time it is not pleasurable.

My windows VM is prevented getting access to the internet and I have a backup up working version of windows 7 that I will revert to when i ever get any issues, only issue I will ever face is if there is no native app and Articulate choose to drop win 7 support

Kevin Thorn

Supporting relatives 8.1 machine is not pleasurable. LOL. That's kinda all I need to hear!

I'm seeing another crossroad of major tech changes. With Google and Firefox announcing the blocking of Flash on their browsers, the evolution of Windows operations systems, etc., etc., I'm looking at budget and planning in preparation for whatever costs that it'll take to stay current.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Kevin,

I use Windows 8.1, and I honestly hated it when I first started - but learned to work within in. I haven't run into any issues with Articulate products or general troubleshooting, just getting used to a different interface than normal. 

In regards to Windows 10, our team is always looking into new OS and how they'll behave with our Software and published output - so we'll keep folks posted here if we stumble upon anything or need to release an update. In regards to the Flash issue you mentioned, I've heard rumbling of it in relation to Google, but could only find one Daily Mail article about it. As for Firefox, we did see that the other day, and after some testing updated our documentation here.  As I see and hear it, not everyone is running into that issue on Firefox yet either so just something to be aware of it you do. 

Thanks and let us know if you need anything else. 


"relatives 8.1 machine from time to time it is not pleasurable"  - cracked me up. I think we all likely get roped into this from time to mom regularly calls with questions like "How do I open Powerpoint?" :-) 

Phil Mayor

Yep Ashley i think it would be funny if it wasn't me.

I returned from holiday to find that somehow they had restored the machine to factory defaults (windows 8) and wanted me to sort out.  Took me two days on and off to install 8.1 and uninstall all the bloatware I had already removed once, if it carries on I will get a nervous tick overtime they mention their computer :-)

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Thanks Kevin - from that article it looks like they'll update Flash automatically and continue as normal?

"Adobe released a patch Tuesday morning. If Flash is updated, both Firefox and Chrome will allow it to run, the companies said. Mozilla said it set Firefox set to automatically update Flash."

Definitely something to still be a ware of, and we're definitely keeping an eye on it! 

Trisha Brandt

Ashley Terwilliger replied:

Hi Trisha,
Published Storyline 1 courses aren't officially supported with the new Microsoft Edge browser but you should be able to access them with any of the other browsers detailed here.

Sorry to be unknowledgeable, but it sounds to me like you are saying that if the published course is in the LMS it doesn't matter if you have Windows 10 as long as you are using an accepted browser it should work ok? Correct?



Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Trisha,

No apologies necessary - you're correct. If you're viewing it in one of the supported browsers you should be fine. If you're concerned about a particular set up and have a link to a course I'm happy to give a test for you as I have an instance of Windows 10 - so just share the course link here with us.

Also, as an FYI responding via email includes your signature here and you're welcome to edit the post to remove this information. 

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