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

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.

Sources: zdnet.com
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