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SharePoint 2010 Browser Fidelity

SharePoint 2010 has improved browser support over previous versions of SharePoint. SharePoint 2010 supports Internet Explorer versions 7.0 and 8.0 (32-bit) with no known limitations. Internet Explorer 7.0 and 8.0 (64-bit), Firefox version 3.6 and above, and Safari 4.04 and above on Windows operating systems need additional ActiveX control support that in most cases is provided by SharePoint 2010. On non-Windows operating systems, ActiveX support is not provided so some features of SharePoint are not available. The limitations and workarounds for known browser issues can be found in the article Plan browser support (SharePoint Server 2010)
on TechNet. Internet Explorer 6.0 is not supported by SharePoint 2010 since it is non-standards based.
I thought I would share some screenshots of the various browsers while viewing a new team site page with the toolbar open. I think the toolbar is a fairly complex component so let’s take a look at the various browsers and how SharePoint 2010 fidelity looks between browsers.
First, the preferred Internet Explorer 8 32-bit browser:

Next, the Firefox 3.6 browser:

And finally, the Safari 4.04 browser:

The only differences I notice between these three browsers are the borders around the main content area. Microsoft did a great job keeping the fidelity between these browsers consistent.
A great article I found that discusses further using SharePoint on a Mac is Maximizing SharePoint 2010 on a Mac + iPhone or iPod + iPad. The article also refers us to a third party product called Document Connection Center that makes the Mac Office integration a bit more seamless.

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