Project and Multi-Browser Support – this is GREAT!
BY: Collin Quiring
With the Project Server 2010 SP1 release (expected in June) one of the new capabilities of Project Server 2010 will be the ability to update Timesheets and Task Status using browsers other than Internet Explorer. This is one of those things that many people will probably not get too excited about and will consider a “minor” update and may not affect them. However, I think this is one of those updates that is huge and extremely important to those customers that need this type of capability!
As somebody that has worked with clients in environments that didn’t require IE or in MAC-centric environments this is a huge step forward in my mind. Having the ability to access any screen directly from a MAC is an important update and will relieve some IT shops from having to jump through hoops to configure MAC’s to work with Project Web App just so that a user can update their time.
Now, before we get too excited that this will solve all of our problems, only the Project Web App main default page and the MY WORK pages (Tasks, Timesheet and Issues and Risks) will work with the other browsers. I have absolutely no inside knowledge but perhaps this is the initial movement toward making all of Project Web App pages work with other browsers!
From Microsoft’s information about SP1, the supported browsers are:
- Internet Explorer 9 (32-bit) on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows 2008
- Internet Explorer 8 (32-bit) on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows 2008
- Internet Explorer 7 (32-bit) on Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2003
- Firefox 3.6.8+ on Mac OS X v10.6, Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3, Windows 2003 and UNIX/Linux,
- Google Chrome 6.0 on Windows 7
- Safari 5 on Mac OS X v10.6
Here is the link to Christophe Fiessinger’s blog with screenshots from the non-IE browsers: