Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

Summary: Microsoft's Office Web Apps -- the Webified versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint -- already work with Google's Chrome browser. But as of the release of Service Pack 1 of Office 2010, they'll be officially supported by Microsoft in Chrome.

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Microsoft's Office Web Apps -- the Webified versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint -- already work with Google's Chrome browser. But as of the release of Service Pack 1 of Office 2010, they'll be officially supported by Microsoft in Chrome.

That's in the fine print of a May 16 post on the Office Sustained Engineering blog which provides an update on the first SP.

Microsoft already had said to expect Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 to be released in final form by "mid summer" 2011. Today, the Softies tightened up that date a bit, saying that SP1 would be out by the end of June 2011.

Microsoft execs previously noted that SP1 will consist of cumulative and public updates to date for the various point products that are part of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. It also will include some other so-far unspecified fixes, which Microsoft officials said they’d detail between now and the time of the release. Products that will get fixes and updates include Office 2010 suites, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Office 2010 servers, Office Web Apps, Search Server 2010, SharePoint 2010 Products and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Microsoft is planning to update all 40 SKU languages for Office when SP1 ships.

Microsoft began specifying some of the fixes that will be in Office 2010 SP1 in today's blog post and simultaneously at the TechEd 2011 conference in Atlanta. On the "so-far-disclosed" list:

  • Outlook fixes an issue where “Snooze Time” would not reset between appointments.
  • The default behavior for PowerPoint "Use Presenter View" option changed to display the slide show on the secondary monitor.
  • Integrated community content in the Access Application Part Gallery.
  • Better alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support.
  • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server
  • The Word Web Application extends printing support to “Edit Mode.”
  • Project Professional now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists.
  • Internet Explorer 9 “Native” support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint
  • Office Web Applications Support for Chrome
  • Inserting Charts into Excel Workbooks using Excel Web Application
  • Support for searching PPSX files in Search Server
  • Visio Fixes scaling issues and arrowhead rendering errors with SVG export
  • Proofing Tools improve spelling suggestions in Canadian English, French, Swedish and European Portuguese.
  • Outlook Web Application Attachment Preview (with Exchange Online only)
  • Office client suites using “Add Remove Programs” Control Panel,  building on our work from Office 2007 SP2

When Office Web Apps were released last year, Microsoft said they would support recent versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Microsoft will be stepping up its Office Web Apps support and SkyDrive integration with Windows Phone 7 "Mango," officials said today at TechEd.

Topics: Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • It is nice to see Microsoft being inclusive ...

    however I doubt that it will buy them any goodwill. So far, in my experience, the only folks using Chrome are either (1) Microsoft haters, or (2) Google lovers.

    Users worried about security seem to prefer Firefox (because of No Script, Flash Block & Ad Block) and Macintosh users seem content with Safari, so it is good business sense that MS included them ... but, for whatever the reason, every Chrome user in my client-base (total population of approximately 25,000 employees) seems to hate MS with a passion -- so I'm not sure why MS is even bothering. After all, you don't see Apple worried about interoperability with 3rd parties and they're doing just fine.

    Just my $0.02 USD from a greybeard who remains shocked and dismayed by the current trend backward in time to the centralized computing days (aka; the cloud) with all the lost productivity and restrictiveness that comes with it.

    Regards,
    Jon
    JonathonDoe
    • RE: Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

      @JonathonDoe

      I guess to include those one or two people who will be switching to ChromeOS. Just saying that name makes my skin crawl.

      BTW, I agree about the cloud bit. This coming from a college student.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • chrome

      Hi. I am a Chrome user and not a MS hater or a Google lover.... I used to be an IE user, but Chrome is so much faster to load the sites I use that I have switched (almost entirely)... MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • Hello MJ, perhaps I should have been clearer.

        I didn't mean to imply that 'all' chrome users felt that way. It's just the ones that I have met out here in the business world -- and, of that, it is a limited subset of my user base.

        However, I do feel that a pool of 25K users is sufficient to draw some conclusions from and my conclusion was that MS is misplacing their effort by trying to appease those who will dismiss them out-of-hand. Frankly, I believe that for every open-minded MJF there are a million haters out there.

        By the way, while Chrome may open websites nanoseconds faster than the competition; I find that in my daily use of IE9 & FF4 I see no significant delays sufficient to make me worry about performance. Is it a 'pure speed' issue for you, or are you really seeing problems with the IE9/FF4 that have caused productivity impact?

        Just curious...

        Thanks and regards,
        Jon
        JonathonDoe
      • I agree with MJ on this 100%...!

        @Mary Jo Foley - I'm neither a Google/MS lover/hater, likes IE9 even, still I feel chrome browser is really fast in general browsing, though MS claims a lot about IE9.
        jinishans
    • RE: Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

      @JonathonDoe

      I think if you were to do a Venn diagram, your sets would overlap nearly completely.

      But, I do not think that this SP really adds anything missing from the pre-SP version. Sharepoint is ActiveX controls have all been removed. I believe that Microsoft is simply certifying their support of Chrome.
      Your Non Advocate
      • Hello Facebook@, Yes, perhaps the 2 sets would overlap...

        ... but I have to wonder, is there a cause & effect there? Do some people love Google simply because they hate MS?

        If so, why? Both are corporations. Both try to maximize profits and minimize losses. There is very little difference between them, other than their theater of operations. To my way of thinking MS and Google operate in completely different realms, with only minor functional overlap.

        As companies, neither has *your* best interests at heart and you have to evaluate what either one says through the lens of how it affects your business and/or operations. That applies to *all* vendors too, by the way. Snake Oil salesman are everywhere; and thus, vigilance is just part of the cost doing business.

        Regards,
        Jon
        JonathonDoe
    • Re: every chrome user ... seems to hate MS

      @JonathonDoe
      Re: "for whatever the reason, every Chrome user in my client-base (total population of approximately 25,000 employees) seems to hate MS with a passion"
      I am a Chrome user, and if someone had asked I'd say it's because it boots up very quickly, and has a very small frame that stays out of my way. But it is also true that I at least strongly dislike Microsoft. One reason is I remember hearing Bill Gates say "We believe OS/2 is the platform for the '90s" at Comdex. Shortly after that Microsoft sent a letter to all registered OS/2 developers saying basically that IBM, their partner, will never be able to bring out OS/2 on their own and Microsoft was going to stab them in the back and bring out their own OS, Windows NT. Of course IBM did bring out OS/2 and Microsoft did everything they could to hinder it. When the first Windows NT version came out OS/2 was MUCH faster, it ran rings around it. We had a TI multi-threaded DSP debugger that required OS/2 at the time. Many bank ATMs ran OS/2 for many years. So what happened? Microsoft NT eventually got better, and they remained the default provider of an OS for PCs. With Microsoft's active hindrance OS/2 eventually was discontinued. I also remember how Microsoft didn't think the internet would amount to much until it was so obvious they had to change their minds. Also: does anyone even remember Windows ME? When XP came out advice was if you have Windows 95 or 98 and your happy, maybe no need to upgrade, but if you have Windows ME you definitely need to upgrade just because ME was so unstable. This is technological leadership? This record should make me a Microsoft fan?
      JMS37
    • Chrome != Hater

      @JonathonDoe : Was your 25k base a sufficient representation as a whole, or was it of mostly a single type (ex: lemming desk jockeys)? I'm a software engineer that specializes in Microsoft products (.NET, Server, MS-SQL, etc), but I use Chrome for the web.

      I haven't used MSIE ever except when necessary, mostly non-compliant or ActiveX-only sites. It has always been sluggish and bloated. I started with Netscape Navigator, moved to Firefox and then to Chrome. I use Chrome because it's slim and responsive. It has extensions for controlling privacy and annoyances such as ads, too.

      I've tried out MSIE9, and it's a massive improvement. I'm still going to stick with Chrome for most situations, though.
      AbbydonKrafts
    • Another Chrome and MS user

      @JonathonDoe<br><br>I use Chrome as my main browser and use win 7 and office 2007. I don't understand why people have a favourite company / despise another. What's wrong with using the product best suited to your needs?

      I've tried both IE9 and FF4 but Chrome is better for me. I'm also pretty enthusiastic about parts of the cloud, mainly because I suck at not losing my USB flash drives - but I don't keep all my eggs on one basket just in case there is an outage. although I've been using google apps for some stuff, I could see myself switching to office web apps after this update.<br><br>PS I also own an iDevice
      intman
    • RE: Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

      Nice move for Microsoft Office.

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    • RE: Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

      I would like to hear from Microsoft about plans of supporting Firefox and IE not only with Chrome. Although Chrome is good but a friend told me that Firefox is way better.

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  • I love MS and Chrome

    I love MS stuff, including Windows most of all. The only problem with Microsoft is that they're really bad (politely said) at making browsers.

    I love Windows, but can't stand IE. Used Firefox for years, then gradually moved to Chrome. Simply because it's faster (especially in opening the browser), easier, and smaller (more screen space).

    On that note, may I recommend to everyone using a laptop to try the taskbar on top. I switched to taskbar on top about half a year ago, and love it. It means you have both your applications and browser tabs on top. It also makes you sit, with your head/neck, in a straighter position than you would if the taskbar were at the bottom.

    So it seems more convenient and healthier to me... Only benefits. Give it a try!
    Daniel Breslauer
    • RE: Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

      @Daniel Breslauer

      Time to go back to IE9, I much prefer it to Chrome.
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

      @Daniel Breslauer

      I agree that Microsoft "used" to be really bad at creating browsers. The latest version of IE is quite good. In fact, Chrome has been playing catch up with the new beta for Chrome 12 (http://www.softwarecrew.com/2011/05/google-chrome-12-beta-enhances-security-and-loses-gears/ ). For example, the malicious downloads feature has already been a feature on the new IE since its release and as far at html5 support, IE is awesome! You can check out the test and try each browser against each other on the Microsoft IE test drive site. http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/
      ,mattehorn
  • RE: Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

    Wouldn't it be better for Microsoft to support the iPad browser?
    FUTURESULTS
    • RE: Microsoft Office Web Apps to officially support Chrome with Office 2010 Service Pack 1

      @FUTURESULTS

      Problem is the iPad browser is broken. Apple has not implemented autoplay in the HTML5 audio and video tags - obviously in a lame attempt to prevent interactive multimedia web apps being developed outside Apple's appalling development system.
      tonymcs@...
  • I hope the Outlook 2010 bug whereby picking a default reminder that is...

    I hope the Outlook 2010 bug whereby picking a default reminder that is in days or weeks (hours works fine) defaults back to the last picked hours choice. You have to use a messy registry change to force Outlook to choose a value that's in days or weeks.

    For example choose 18 hours, it will save fine. Then pick 1 day, go back into Options and you'll see it's back to 18 hours. It won't save no matter what (except the registry).
    bradavon
  • Chrome support isn't 100%.

    Chrome support isn't 100%. Due to the fact Chrome insists in saving files, the "Open in Word/Excel/PowerPoint" feature is broken.<br><br>Maybe Microsoft have got something up their sleeves to force Chrome to open these files? It's annoying having to use IE for Office Web Apps.

    How weird a lot of the SP1 updates are for the Office Web Apps. Why do they require waiting for Desktop Office to be updated to fix?

    What does IE9 Native mode for Office Web Apps mean?
    bradavon
    • &quot;Open in Word/Excel/Powerpoint&quot;

      @bradavon

      "Open in Word/Excel/Powerpoint" is broken under ChromeOS because there is no Word/Excel/Powerpoint program installed with which to open the files, nor will there ever be.
      PCnotPC