There's a new MS Team Blog from the SP 2010 team here
which in effect says that they have withdrawn their table comparing browser support for SP 2010 (oddly with only text "browser support matrix table" in the blog that was not linked to a web page) because in effect any browsers and any versions of any browsers are now supported.
(Seems a wild claim, but read the above linked article and see if you think it says anything different)
I tried to comment to that Blog in the space provided and for some reason their system didn't accept my comment. So here it is.
Supporting all browsers is all very well, but there are lots of things that can't be done as well with a non-IE browser in connection with SharePoint sites.
I, for instance, have a (SP) web page with a list of SP 2010 books (here: http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com/Lists/v4FAQ/V%20Books.aspx
) and I add new items to it by copying the main contents of an existing item and pasting it into equivalent field of the new item. I then amend the item by changing things like the price and the links to the various Amazon sites' pages for the book.
In IE I change one link per Amazon site (that covers both the text of the URL and the URL). Using another browser, I need to change the HTML code and thus have to change the link twice (once for the text of the URL; once for the URL itself).
I also remember lots of things where as an Administrator there were problems in using anything other than IE and needing to switch to IE to do them at all or at least to do them comfortably.
Are you saying with this post that the "experience" for the Administrator is now identical irrespective of whether he is using IE or some other browser? (Because that is certainly the impression this post gives)
I think it's a fair comment. What about you?
The first comment came in quickly (and although I approved it, it doesn't seem to have been linked to this post) so here without giving anything personal away [even I don't know which Ben this is] is that comment.
I think the article makes it quite clear that browsers other than IE will result in reduced functionality. This makes sense as it means that SharePoint shops are effectively forced to stick to IE.
I think Microsoft are just stating that they will "support" the latest version in that PSS won't hang up on you if clients are using Chrome or Firefox.
Personally I think stating that only the latest versions of browsers is ridiculous especially given Microsoft's good track record of supporting Enterprise deployments (where upgrades can take months or years).
Just my $0.02.