Google Chrome and SharePoint (Summary)


Hello Everyone,

So I have decided to just list my observations good and bad with Google Chrome, let me preface this with the fact I am very happy with how close to Firefox google chrome is, but that IE and even firefox are still better (at this early stage) than google chrome is for SharePoint.

The Nutshell: From an anonymous user and a web browsing perspective Google Chrome does everything you could want it to do. I didn’t even see a single obvious styling issue (from anonymous perspective) with all of the SharePoint internet facing websites I have worked on.

The Cons:

  • Clicking a file results in a “Save to” scenario instead of opening it in client applications.
  • “Edit in” menu option results in a Windows SharePoint Services message asking for IE 6.0 or greater.
  • Supports only single upload, not multiple upload in document libraries.
  • Rich Text Controls (Content Editor and Page Editor) only display an HTML box.
  • No drag and drop support for web parts.
  • Minor styling things like the My Links shifting up and some tiny pixel like differences that I noticed.
  • MySites also show some more styling differences – Personally the image being partly out of the left box made me snicker.
  • No Edit in Datasheet for Lists and Libraries.
  • No Open with Windows Explorer for Libraries.

The Pros:

  • Speedy javascript. (Similar to firefox in terms of speed for JavaScript rendering).
  • Love the “Create Application Shortcut” feature. Allows you to basically create desktop, start menu, or quicklaunch short cuts. These even open up in a sort of ‘full screen view’, which is pretty nice looking (and saves time).
  • It’s in Beta still.

That’s what I have for now, I will try to keep this updated if I notice anything else.

Take Care,
Richard Harbridge

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One Comment on “Google Chrome and SharePoint (Summary)”

  1. media boy Says:

    despite the rumors, i’m finding Chrome’s speed to be inconsistent; it seems to alternate between going lightning fast and then hanging for no apparent reason…


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