Category Archives: SP2010 User

SharePoint Browser Support – All latest browsers supported… Really?

I came across Kirk Stark’s blog post in which he discusses an update to Microsoft’s documentation regarding SharePoint’s browser support:

Unless otherwise stated,  all browser versions are supported. Period.

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.

Yyeeahhh! I can let my users use Chrome or FireFox and expect the same great experience from Internet Explorer…

Good luck, that won’t happen.

The term “support” is such a loosely used term here, and I think gives a false hope. (or maybe I’m reading too much into it and I should shut up…) Sure, the browsers will open SharePoint and allow users to navigate and view everything. For the most part things work well (editing items, popup modals, ribbon, etc.) However, to say that Google Chrome is “supported” in SharePoint is a stretch. It should probably be rephrased to “all browsers can access SharePoint”, or be in the “Supported with limitations” group.

Some of the real beneficial end user features of SharePoint are lost with browsers other than Internet Explorer. Don’t believe me, open Chrome, FireFox or Safari, and try these:

Within a document library…

Try creating a new document…

Try uploading multiple documents…

Try opening the library in Windows Explorer…

Try opening a Word doc and have it connect and save back to SharePoint…

The file will download, and you can open it. Then you have to upload the file manually, it doesn't auto-save to SharePoint.

Then there’s lists…

Try editing a list in datasheet view…

A photo library…

Try viewing a photo library…

In Internet Explorer, nice thumbnail view.

In Chrome, we lose thumbnails, but get a neat little preview on the left.

These things are clearly not “supported in all browsers”. These little pieces are the icing on the cake that make SharePoint much slicker, more user friendly and all around cooler. All of these awesome little features in SharePoint require ActiveX controls.  ActiveX is only supported in Internet Explorer, 32-bit version. For more details on what else in SharePoint utilizes ActiveX, check out Microsoft’s Browser Support on TechNet. So until Microsoft changes the way they handle these (or all browsers start supporting ActiveX, fat chance at that) we won’t see these work in anything other than Internet Explorer. Maybe we’ll see some improvements in SharePoint 2013?

Did you see what was not on the list above? Excel Services, PowerPivot, Dashboards… Those even work on the iPad!

all browser versions are supported. Period.” Really?

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More iPad support for SharePoint: Dashboards, PowerPivot, & Excel!

It’s nice to see Microsoft playing nice with others. The cumulative update 2011-12 (CU Dec 2011, or Feb 2012) includes improvements around the iPad. Specifically, users can now access dashboards, Excel services, and PowerPivot services via their iPad!

For complete details, check out http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh697482.aspx. There’s a great video on that page that walks through how well it works.

Taking my PowerPivot walk through I posted about previously, I accessed it via my iPad and found it worked very well. Check out the screen shots below.

Initial screen after opening the document

Same experience and messages as using on a PC

Quickly and easily selecting a slicer, see the data update

Going deeper into the data, fast and easy!

Tried opening in Excel, fair enough!

A long list of SharePoint blogs, and a new SharePoint Social App

In an effort to keep myself up to speed with what’s going on across the SharePoint world, I compiled every SharePoint blog I could find into a Google Reader Bundle. I also created an Android app which reads this same list. Below are the blogs this feed subscribes to:

Andrew Connell [MVP SharePoint], http://www.andrewconnell.com/blog/Default.aspx
Boston SharePoint Salon, http://www.bostonsharepointsalon.com/
buckleyPLANET, http://www.buckleyplanet.com/
Chris Bortlik’s Blog, http://blogs.technet.com/b/cbortlik/
Chris O’Brien, http://www.sharepointnutsandbolts.com/
Cube 4, http://cube4.com.au/
David Lozzi’s Blog, http://davidlozzi.com
Eric Alexander’s Sharepoint Blog: Posts, http://pirateeric.sharepointspace.com/blog/default.aspx
Extreme Sharepoint, http://extreme-sharepoint.com
Furuknap’s SharePoint Corner, http://blog.furuknap.net
Geoff Varosky’s Blog, http://sharepointyankee.com
Giles’ SharePoint (and Project Server) Shenanigans, http://ghamson.wordpress.com
Jimbo Alba’s Blog, http://jimboalba.wordpress.com
Jonesing for SharePoint, http://www.jonesingforsharepoint.com/
JP’s Blog, http://www.jppete.com
Koen Vosters, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kvosters/
Kyle Schaeffer – Web Design and SharePoint Branding, http://kyleschaeffer.com
Marc D Anderson’s Blog, http://sympmarc.com
Material SharePoint, http://sharepoint.jsturges.com
michael greene,  http://mike-greene.com
Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sharepoint/
More Soma Please…, http://platinumdogs.wordpress.com
My SharePoint Toolbox, http://mysharepointtoolbox.wordpress.com
NBSP, http://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com
Nick Aiello, http://nicholasfaiello.wordpress.com
Out Of The Box, http://0ut0ftheb0x.wordpress.com
Pentalogic Technology, http://blog.pentalogic.net
Planning | Designing | Deployment, http://thuansoldier.net
Rene Modery, http://modery.net/blog/
Rob Wilson, http://www.therobman.net/blog
Shades of SharePoint, http://amarkeev.wordpress.com
SharePint Blog… Hic!, http://sharepintblog.com
SharePoint & Office 365, http://sharepoint.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk
SharePoint 2010 – Tips and Tricks, http://www.sharepointdeveloper.in/
SharePoint 365, http://sp365.co.uk
SharePoint Bits Blog, http://blog.sharepointbits.com/
SharePoint Branding Team, http://sharepointbrandingteam.wordpress.com
SharePoint By Bugday: Posts, http://www.bybugday.com/Lists/Posts/AllPosts.aspx
SharePoint Cowbell, http://www.sharepointcowbell.com
SharePoint Developer Team Blog, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sharepointdev/
SharePoint Hill Billy, http://www.sharepointhillbilly.com
SharePoint Joel’s SharePoint Land, http://www.sharepointjoel.com
SharePoint Stories, http://www.sharepointstories.com/
SharePointeer.com, http://sharepointeer.com/blog
SPJeff, http://www.spjeff.com
Susan Hanley’s blog, http://www.networkworld.com/community/sharepoint
The Scribble SharePoint Blog, http://www.sharepointblog.co.uk/
The SharePoint Farmer’s Almanac, http://msmvps.com/blogs/shane/default.aspx
The SharePoint Freshman, http://sharepointfreshman.wordpress.com
The SharePoint Guys, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uksharepoint/
The SharePoint Therapist, http://sharepointtherapist.com
Todd’s Blog, http://todd-carter.com/
Todd Klindt, http://www.toddklindt.com/blog
Waldek Mastykarz, http://blog.mastykarz.nl

Think I’m missing one? Leave a comment! If you want to be removed (why on God’s green earth would you do that?) don’t leave a comment, I can’t handle public rejection, email me david at lozzi dot net.

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