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SharePoint 2010 now supports Chrome, Firefox

Latest versions of third-party browsers supported, but IE6 cast out

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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. ®

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