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I have a use case to print labels from a web page.  I am implementing the default 2010 ASP.NET Report Viewer control that you can add from the sdk toolbar.  

It seems the key use case for a report viewer is to view and print the web report.  That is the problem I am having with the VS2010 report viewer.  I have a report with three columns for labels.  Yet the viewer displays it as one column.  On top of that the print button does not display on any browser expect older IE browsers.  

My questions is does the 2012 Report Viewer released on 7/13/2014 fix this?

[1]  Will the new report viewer show and print the report from the latest releases of Firefox, Chrome, and IE?

[2]  What did they actually fix or deliver with the new 2012 Report Viewer that would make it worth the effort and expense to upgrade visual studio or sql server from a developer perspective?
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by:mlmcc
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I assume you are referring to the RDLC report viewer and not SSRS or Crystal Reports.

My experience with Crystal is that the viewers remain at least 1 version behind for compatibility with browsers.  This is mainly because they can't keep changing a new version of the software to hit a moving target in the latest browser.  Once a browser is basically stable then the viewer are generally updated to run correctly in the version.

There is a trial version of VS2012 so you might be able to use it to see if your issue is resolved.  Being a report writer and not a code developer I don't know how much effort is involved in updating your application.

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I went ahead and did all the upgrades and code changes to get this test completed and here were my own results...

My questions is does the 2012 Report Viewer released on 7/13/2014 fix this?
**NO

[1]  Will the new report viewer show and print the report from the latest releases of Firefox, Chrome, and IE?
**NO


[2]  What did they actually fix or deliver with the new 2012 Report Viewer that would make it worth the effort and expense to upgrade visual studio or sql server from a developer perspective?
**Everything appears the same
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by:Michael Hood
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good one
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