I run IE8 and it works fine for me. The problem is simple security settings and allowing IE8 to consider our site safe and to run plugins.
I moved away from IE a few years ago and only use it now for testing purposes. Microsoft has ruined web surfing with over protection.
Firefox is the best browser for the web by far.
In IE8 do this:
Tools / Compatibility View Settings
then add our site to it. make sure you add the URL that you use the most.
Also, make sure on IE you allow plugins to run.