Wine Gecko doesn't work to activate Microsoft 365

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sergio687
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Wine Gecko doesn't work to activate Microsoft 365

Post by sergio687 » Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:04 pm

Hello, I've just installed Microsoft Office 365 on a 32-bit Wineprefix. Wine Gecko is installed on that prefix and it works as it should for basic Internet browsing. I understand that Wine Gecko isn't made for anything else than substituting for Internet Explorer on some Wine programmes that need it. The problem is, Office 365 needs me to log-in after the install to sync files (I don't know yet if not logging in will un-licence my installation in the next days because on actual Windows I log-in immediately). When I try to log-in from Office, a pop-up window appears and it works. But after I put my email address and click on Next, the next page asks for the browser to be updated, prompting me to download Microsoft Edge (which I can't, and even suspect that even if I did manage to, wouldn't work for this situation). So, I'd like to know if there's a way to either:
  • Override Wine Gecko and make any other browser handle the request. I have Firefox installed in the same prefix, but it doesn't stay as default browser.
  • Have a less basic browser installed in the place Wine Gecko currently is (and IE for that matter), so that it takes the request.
  • Somehow make Wine Gecko able to get past it.
I tried using Wine Gecko as a standalone browser and checking Outlook.com and Office.com, and indeed it seems Microsoft does think it's an old browser. Firefox lets me log-in without any issues, but I can't use it for logging in inside the Office suite. For now the lack of syncing is just a little annoyance, but I wanted to know if there's any way around it (I have the Office subscription and wanted to take advantage of it).

Just in case, I'm using:
  • Elementary OS 5.1
  • Wine 6.0
  • Office 365 version 2002 (compilation 12527.21594)
  • The prefix is configured to imitate Windows 7
  • mscoree as native override, msxml6 as native and internal override and riched20 as native and internal override
  • Wine Gecko is recognised by the prefix as Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18376. I don't know how to check the actual Wine Gecko version.
Thanks in advance for the help.

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Re: Wine Gecko doesn't work to activate Microsoft 365

Post by SpaceRim » Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:52 am

Currently I don't think there is a way to do this. Would really be nice to see this implemented.

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