Microsoft has finally set a (approximate) date for the release of its Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010, which, according to the Office Sustained Engineering and Release blog, will support Chrome once it is released.

The release date has been set for the end of June, which, although vague, is somewhat better than the previous date of “midsummer," and with it, Office 2010 will support Google’s Chrome web browser for running online Office applications in SharePoint 2010.

Originally, when it announced the release of the online versions of Office applications last year, all came with support for Safari and Mozilla, and, of course, its own Internet Explorer, but for anyone who wanted to run Office Web Applications on Chrome, they had to do so through Skydrive.

With the new SP1, all that will change. According to the blog, initially users will be able to download it manually from the Download Center and from Microsoft Update, following which, and after 90 days, it will be released as an Automatic Update.

Other SP1 Updates

Aside from the Chrome support, there will be a number of new improvements, as well as the usual security patches, which will be added as a cumulative patch of all the security patches that have been released so far. Among the updates will be:

  • Outlook fixes an issue where “Snooze Time” would not reset between appointments
  • Default behavior for PowerPoint "Use Presenter View" option changed to display the slide show on the secondary monitor
  • Better alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support
  • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server
  • Project Professional now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists
  • Internet Explorer 9 “Native” support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint

In all, there will be updates for Office 2010 suites, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Office 2010 servers, Office Web Apps, Search Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010.

There will also be other improvements that will be outlined between now and the release date. If you want to find our more about this, check out the blog.