Microsoft Office Live Doesn’t Work with Google Chrome

I was exploring ways of transferring my office-related work online and I stumbled upon Microsoft Office Live, the online version of the very popular application suite. I was using Google Chrome that time.

After I clicked the “Sign Up Free” button at the home page, I was brought to this web page:

MS Office Live Screenshot
MS Office Live Screenshot

The error page displayed:

To use Microsoft Office Live, your computer must meet one of the following requirements:


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or 7, running on Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Vista. You can download Internet Explorer from the Windows Internet Explorer page.
  • Mozilla Firefox running on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Mac OS X 10.2.x and later. You can download Firefox from the Firefox download page.


  • Bummer indeed… Another instance of Chrome incompatibility is with Stumbleupon as I discovered last night. Since Chrome does not have a resident toolbar, you’ll have to use a work-around to mark your favorite websites.

  • Roger Salinas R.

    I agree with you, there is an annoyance, and another violation to the customer’s freedom of choice, from the M$Monopoly GatesoftEmpire….

  • yeah this is the case for a lot of web applications and tools i use. Even certain websites will not function correctly in chrome. I do like chrome but they still have a bit to do to make me set it as my default browser !

  • Well, many applications don't work with Google Chrome. Like McAfee Siteadvisor.

  • Rajesh Shenoy

    I don't think these are issues with Chrome, which is one of the most standards compliant browsers out there. Rather, it is the websites which are not standards compliant. Microsoft has been trying long and hard to fragment the web standards by adding its own customised extensions. Whether it does so with a genuine interest in providing users with additional features or just to lock them in to its technologies is a moot point. But the end effect of all this is very, very disruptive. Thus you have these non-standard but feature-rich websites which will work only with IE, and a clear anti-Microsoft, but standards compliant browser camp.

  • As from my side I think it’s better to use Mozilla instead of Google chrome. With these errors using chrome I think Mozilla can handle it. Even though Mozilla makes your system a bit heavier compare with other browser but it is very useful while doing office work. Microsoft office live which is a popular application suit makes better by using Mozilla browser. We may get complain from some of the customer using other browser but will hardly get from Mozilla.

  • Yea I had this happen too. Google chrome is essential for me so sorry Microsoft.

  • Yea I had this happen too. Google chrome is essential for me so sorry Microsoft.

  • JJ

    Think it boils down to the fact that they want you to use their crappy browser. I guess I won't use Office LIve now.

  • Bevin

    I have firefox and windows 7. I guess windows 7 is too advanced. Sucks.

  • Faina