Microsoft Office Opens Up to Firefox
When Microsoft offered more details about Office 2010 earlier this week, The VAR Guy noticed a rather interesting nugget of information involving Microsoft Office for the Web’s anticipated browser support and software as a service (SaaS) strategy. The software giant, it seems, will be giving equal time to Firefox (the open source web browser) and Apple’s Safari. Here’s the scoop.
First, a little background: It sounds like Office 2010 will ship in the first half of 2010. When it does, Microsoft will also introduce Office Web — positioned as the “lightweight Web browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.” It’s basically SaaS-driven Office for Web browsers.
Now, a couple of interesting twists.
- First, Microsoft will permit Office 2010 customers to host Office Web within their own corporate networks. Smart move. (Here’s why.)
- Second, Office Web will have full cross-platform support for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Apple Safari, according to briefings The VAR Guy attended at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 (WPC09) earlier this week in New Orleans.
Hmmm. Full cross-platform browser support? No hidden tricks or hooks that make Office Web work best with Internet Explorer? The VAR Guy looks forward to seeing the promised cross-platform browser support in action. If Microsoft lives up to its word, that cross-browser support is refreshing news.