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SharePoint 2010 - Browser Compatibility

This article explains known limitations of some browsers with SharePoint 2010.

For most interactions with SharePoint an internet browser is required and the choice of browser will affect the experience. Most functionality is available in all browsers, however there are exceptions where certain features require Active X technology which is only available in Internet Explorer and means that some of SharePoint's functionality is lost when using non-IE browsers.

Browser support for SharePoint Server 2010 can be divided into three different levels, as follows:

  • Supported - A supported Web browser is a Web browser that is supported to work with SharePoint Server 2010, and all features and functionality work.
  • Supported with known limitations - These are non-Internet Explorer browsers such as FireFox, Safari and Chrome. They are supported for use with SharePoint but some functionality is missing in these browsers such as opening documents directly in Office applications (although viewing and editing office documents within the browser is fully supported, as is downloading and editing). Documentation on how to resolve these issues is readily available from Microsoft.
  • Not tested - A Web browser that is not tested means that its compatibility with SharePoint Server 2010 is untested, and there may be issues with using the particular Web browser. SharePoint Server 2010 works best with up-to-date, standards-based Web browsers.

Browser Support Matrix

Browser

Full Support

Supported With Limitations

Not Tested

Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit)

x

Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit)

x

Internet Explorer 7 (32-bit)

x

Internet Explorer 9 (64-bit)

x

Internet Explorer 8 (64-bit)

x

Internet Explorer 7 (64-bit)

x

Internet Explorer 6 (32-bit)

x

Firefox 3.6 (Windows OS)

x

Firefox 3.6 (non-Windows OS)

x

Google Chrome (Windows OS)

x

Google Chrome (non-Windows OS)

x

Safari 4.04 (non-Windows OS)

x

Known Limitations

Some functionality in SharePoint Server 2010 requires the use of ActiveX controls. This produces limitations on browsers which do not support ActiveX. Currently only 32-bit versions of Internet Explorer support this functionality. Other browsers have the following limitations.

 Feature  Limitation
Connect to Outlook, Connect to Office, and Sync to SharePoint Workspace Connect to Office, and Sync to SharePoint Workspace Works with an ActiveX control and the stssync:// protocol. Therefore, functionality may be limited without an ActiveX control, such as the one that is included in Microsoft Office 2010. The feature also requires an application that is compatible with the stssync:// protocol, such as Microsoft Outlook.
Datasheet view Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control.
Edit in Microsoft Office application Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control.
File upload and copy Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control.
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Picture Library integration Requires a 64-bit ActiveX control, such as the one that is delivered in Microsoft Office 2010. Users can use the following workarounds when no control is installed:
   • If you want to upload multiple pictures in a picture library, you have to upload one picture at a time by using Upload.aspx.
   • If you want to edit a picture in a picture library, you have to download the picture, edit it, and then upload the picture to the picture library.
   • If you want to download more than one picture from a picture library, you have to download one picture at a time by clicking the picture link.
Microsoft Visio 2010 diagram creation Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control.
New Document Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control.
Although the New Document command may not work, you can use the Upload Document functionality. If you install and configure Office Web Applications on the server, the New Document command works, and you can create an Office document in your browser.
Send To Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control.
Without the control, you cannot send files from one SharePoint farm to another SharePoint farm. However, you can still send files from one site to another site.
Signing forms (InfoPath Form Services) Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control.
Spreadsheet and database integration Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control. Users can use the following workarounds when no control is installed:
   • If you want to edit a document, you have to download the document, edit it, and then save it back to the server.
   • In a list that requires a document to be checked out for editing, you have to use the Edit menu to check out the document, edit it, and then check it in by using the Edit menu.
   • Export to spreadsheet. You can export a SharePoint list as a spreadsheet by clicking Export to Spreadsheet on the List tab on the ribbon.
Slide library and PowerPoint 2010 integration Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control. Users can use the following workarounds when no control is installed:
   • Delete a slide. You can delete a slide by first clicking the slide, and then clicking Delete Slide. Repeat for each slide.
Microsoft InfoPath 2010 integration Microsoft Office 2010 does not provide a 64-bit version of this control.




Keywords: share point   Doc ID: 24860
Owner: Joe M.Group: University of Chicago
Created: 2012-06-26 12:49 CSTUpdated: 2013-12-24 13:45 CST
Sites: University of Chicago