Thursday, September 17, 2015

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client no longer working on Google Chrome 45

If you had gotten used to running the Microsoft Dynamics GP web client on Google Chrome, chances are you have just woken up to the constant requests for installing the Silverlight plugin. You may have attempted the installation a few times by now, only to notice that you are still being requested to install Silverlight.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client on Chrome 45 

Google Chrome users who normally relied on functionality that NPAPI plugins provided won't be able to make use of them anymore with the release of Chrome 45. NPAPI-only plugins such as Java or Silverlight are used throughout the web and while their use is declining, there are numerous applications and services that make use of either one or another plugin - for example, your beloved Microsoft Dynamics GP web client.

This Chrome Extensions article explains the security concerns behind the use of NPAPI-based plugins, mainly, the ability of said plugins to gain access to a user's local machines. Any security gaps in such plugins would render a user's machine vulnerable to exploits by malicious code.

However, this should not at all come as a surprise, since Google had it in the works to remove NPAPI support since September of 2013, see Saying Goodbye to Our Old Friend NPAPI, with Chrome 45 selected as target for final deprecation.

So what are the alternatives?

Well, you can fall back once more to Internet Explorer 10 (desktop), Mozilla Firefox, or even Apple's Safari. If my mind serves me correctly, the latter two will have some minor limitations (as in "may not be fully compatible").

Option number 2 would have you downgrading Chrome, if you are willing to get the installer from non-Google sites like Old Apps or File Hippo.

As a final note, the following browsers DO NOT support Silverlight:

Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 modern UI
Microsoft Edge (formerly code name Spartan, available on Windows 10)
Google Chrome (version 45 and above)
Opera (version 20 and above, current version is 32)

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP

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