Cross-browser support for Power View

Posted on April 22, 2012. Filed under: Data Visualisation | Tags: |

Currently, Power View is supported by a number of browsers: IE, Safari, and Firefox. What about Chrome? I’ve opened a Microsoft Connect case about this, and you can go and vote it up or down here.

For the full list, please take a quick look at the Microsoft documentation. I’ve taken an excerpt from the original Microsoft ‘Planning for Reporting Services Browser Support’ article, and here is the table below:

Browser

Windows   7

Windows   Vista

Windows   Server 2008 R2

Windows   Server 2008

Macintosh   OS 10.6 – 10.7 (Intel-based)

Internet   Explorer 9

32-bit,   64-bit

32-bit,   64-bit

32-bit,   64-bit

32-bit,   64-bit

Not   supported

Internet   Explorer 8

32-bit,   64-bit

32-bit,   64-bit

32-bit,   64-bit

32-bit,   64-bit

Not   supported

Internet   Explorer 7

Not   supported

32-bit,   64-bit

Not   supported

32-bit,   64-bit

Not   supported

Firefox   7

32-bit

32-bit

Not   supported

32-bit

Not   supported

Safari   5

Not   supported

Not   supported

Not   supported

Not   supported

32-bit,   64-bit

Chrome isn’t listed as one of the supported browsers. So, if you try and use Chrome for Power View, then it wouldn’t be supported and you may run into issues. This does not mean that it doesn’t work, and you might try it out and find that it works perfectly.

However, I have run into issues at a client site in using Sharepoint, where the default browser was Chrome rather than IE. The issues were easily resolved by switching to a supported browser.

I guess that the technical authors don’t list out unsupported browsers since it might be ‘chartjunk’ to do so. In other words, in order to keep the document as straightforward as possible, they’ve just listed out the browsers that they do support, rather than the plethora of browsers available that they haven’t tested for Power View. Other browsers include SimplePie, Lightning, Rockmelt, to name a few. Then you might also want to include ‘preview’ browsers as well, such as Bing Preview, whereby you ‘preview’ a page before you link on it. It would be nice to do this in Power View as well.

In order to assess the requirement for Chrome, I’ve opened a Connect case here. If you’ve got a need for Chrome and Power View together, then you can vote and comment at the case.   As always, you’re welcome to comment here, too, or over on Twitter.

One Response to “Cross-browser support for Power View”

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Thanks for the info @jenstirrup. Our clients are asking for iPad and iPhone support too, so maybe iOS will get its own column in future versions!


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