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Office 2010 Invades Google's Chrome

In the myriad of announcements by Microsoft this week at Atlanta's Tech-Ed was the news that Google's Chrome browser will be able to support Office Web Applications. The added support should be coming sometime in June when Office 2010 SP1 is scheduled to be released.

Up to this point, Microsoft's Office applications were compatible with IE, Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers. However, it had purposely avoided Google's browser, which also has online office suite offerings of its own, for unknown and undisclosed reasons.

Chrome is the relative newcomer in the browser wars, so maybe Microsoft was just waiting for the user base to form before adding support. Or maybe it was hoping it would just quietly go away. Unfortunately for any doom wishers, Google's browser has steadily increased its market share, while Microsoft's IE, which is still ahead of the pack, is on the decline.

With Office apps now compatible on Chrome, will this take a bite out of Google's Docs users? Let Doug know at dbarny@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Chris Paoli on 05/18/2011 at 1:18 PM


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