Microsoft Office 2010 Will Support Chrome After Its First Update

Microsoft’s first service pack for Office 2010 will support Google’s Chrome web browser for running online Office applications via SharePoint 2010.

The company is expected to release the Office 2010 SP1 update sometime in June, including SharePoint 2010 SP1. Users running the Chrome web browser, will, for the first time, be able to run Office Web Applications via SharePoint 2010 on the popular web browser, Computer World reports.

When the company first launched online versions of popular Office applications like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, the online software suite was supported by Internet Explorer, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox, but Chrome support was conspicuously absent. Users were only able to run OWA on Chrome using Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

In addition to Chrome support, the Office 2010 SP1 will come with a regular security patches and hotfixes, and some additional features. The company is expected to add printing support for the Word Web Application, support for Internet Explorer 9 and the ability to insert charts in the online version of Excel.

Microsoft did not give any reasons for why it did not originally offer support to the Chrome internet browser, one of the main competitors to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, or why it has reversed course and started supporting the rival browser.