Bug 5048 - Both SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2010 (OWA) Silverlight functionality are not supported / are broken.
Summary: Both SharePoint 2010 and Exchange 2010 (OWA) Silverlight functionality are no...
Alias: None
Product: Moonlight
Classification: Mono
Component: plugin ()
Version: 4 Preview 3
Hardware: PC Linux
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Bugzilla
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Reported: 2012-05-13 10:08 UTC by Carl Farrington
Modified: 2012-10-29 22:06 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
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Description Carl Farrington 2012-05-13 10:08:32 UTC
I realise this isn't the most detailed bug report in terms of technical content/debugging information, but I will return with any additional information that may help. Alternatively, developers can sign up for a free 30 day trial of Office 365 I think.

I have grouped these two bugs together because they are along similar lines, and both pieces of affected software are being heavily pushed/marketed as part of a single product: Office 365.

Exchange 2010 (SP1), browser is Firefox 12.0 on Ubuntu Precise x86, with Moonlight plugin 3.99.03:
When attaching files to email messages in Exchange 2010's OWA (webmail), the user is prompted to install Silverlight for a better experience (the attachments upload in the background while the user is writing the email, and while they are still browsing for additional files to attach). You can see a picture here: http://www.internetsomething.com/attach.png

Installing the Moonlight plugin makes no difference - it still prompts to install Silverlight. It behaves as if I don't have Silverlight/Moonlight. I expect that this is an Exchange bug, maybe they didn't think properly about what constitutes an acceptable user-agent string, but, Exchange development/bug reporting isn't in the open, and I figure you guys work with Microsoft, and it's in both of your interests that these things works, so perhaps you could open a dialog.

The second part of the bug report relates to SharePoint 2010 SP1. I have done next-to-nothing with SharePoint up to now, so there may be more problems along the way, and this first one is very early in the process of using / configuring SharePoint.

When selecting Site Actions -> More Options, the list of available Portlets / Web Parts / whatever they are called, comes up, but not everything is available (Web Databases are missing). There is a banner suggesting to install Silverlight (see http://www.internetsomething.com/improveexperience.png ). Once Moonlight is installed, the bigger/better Silverlight based list of Portlets / Web Parts selector does indeed appear (see http://www.internetsomething.com/create.png ), but, unfortunately, nothing can be chosen. Any attempt to choose/activate any of the web parts (even those basic ones that were available in the non-silverlight list selector), ends in failure, as can be seen here: http://www.internetsomething.com/error.png

Those two tiny introductions - the beginnings, of Silverlight into two of Microsoft's most mainstream web/cloud business apps, both fail. This does not bode well for the open Internet and my freedom of choice for computer/browser/OS at all :-(
Comment 1 Rolf Bjarne Kvinge [MSFT] 2012-10-29 09:48:29 UTC
Moonlight is unfortunately dead.

Comment 2 Carl Farrington 2012-10-29 22:06:19 UTC
What a predictably lame situation. It might as well be frickin' ActiveX.
Half of Microsoft's websites and cloud business apps are pushing the damn thing.
I see banners prompting users to "install Silverlight for a better experience" all the time.

I really don't like being one of these anti-Microsoft people - full of negativity, but all the time it just does seem like they're wrapped up in their monopoly-and-control-is-the-only-way bubble, and it makes me resist everything new that they do and offer.

I'm going to work myself out of a job at this rate, as my enthusiasm for every new iteration of every Microsoft product I encounter is measurably less than it was for the last.

One final note:
Office 2013 is supported for both 32-bit and 64-bit client applications.

We recommend that you install Silverlight together with Office 2013 to improve the online experience."