SharePoint 2010 now supports Chrome, Firefox
Latest versions of third-party browsers supported, but IE6 cast out
Microsoft has made a small-but-useful change to SharePoint 2010, as the popular collaboration suite now supports Firefox and, for the first time, Chrome.
The change was announced in a low-key blog post by Kirk Stark, Senior Writer on the SharePoint Server Platforms Team, which states “For any third-party browser (including Google Chrome, Firefox, Apple Safari, etc.) we will support the latest publically released version. There is no more distinction regarding version numbers.”
The new list of supported browsers, available at the SharePoint 2010 Plan Browser Support page, reveals that SharePoint will happily run without limitations in Chrome and Firefox.
Safari is now supported too, but won't behave well enough to do everything the SharePoint 2010 web interface allows.
Internet Explorer 6 has been downgraded from “not tested” to “not supported” as Redmond tries to hammer yet more nails into the coffin of the once-oddly-popular browser.
64-bit browsers are still a no-no and various limitations crop up when using ActiveX controls.
The old list of supported browsers can be seen if you fire up the wayback machine and head here. ®
"64-bit browsers are still a no-no"
"64-bit browsers are still a no-no" - ummm, why, if standards are finally being followed?
"and various limitations crop up when using ActiveX controls" - ahhh, standards are NOT being followed then... When will they learn? It really is a rod for their own back, repeated thrashing thereof.
Far too many companies try to use SharePoint as a magic bullet, thinking it allows them to bypass critical activities such as actually engaging business users. So SharePoint gets forced on the users without consultation, and of course, the users hate it because it doesn't do what they wanted; because no-one ever asked them what they wanted, nor what the business actually needed.
I think there's two warning signs to look out for when SharePoint gets considered:
1) If you're using SharePoint simply as a place to dump documents, you're using the wrong product.
2) If your SharePoint project is IT driven and not business driven, it will fail.
That's made my day
Yehay, in your face IT Manager! Now I can keep my Firefox instead of having to use IE.