I'm trying to specify my organization's OS and browser requirements for an upcoming SharePoint Online implementation.

I can see that SharePoint 2013 relies on ActiveX and that 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and IE do not support ActiveX. I also know that SharePoint Online has a limited feature set, but I'm not 100% sure I know every difference between them and I'm new enough to SP (LAMP web developer here) that I'm having trouble interpreting what I can find. (For all I know, this ActiveX stuff is on the server and thus client agnostic.)

So, does anyone know if SharePoint Online relies on ActiveX in the client?

Thank you!

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It will affect things like Lync presence icons and being able to do things like datasheet view.

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