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So Google is doing their usual messing with things and have come up with an experimental Chrome browser plugin for Internet Explorer, to make it web complaint.

You have to wonder if this fixes/bypasses any older security holes in Internet Explorer?


Google Gets Inside IE With Chrome Frame

JR Raphael, PC World

Sep 22, 2009 2:17 pm

Google is wielding a fierce new weapon in its war against Internet Explorer. The company has just unveiled a new plugin that essentially transforms IE into Chrome, bringing the browser's faster performance and expanded capabilities into Microsoft's standard offering. The plugin, called Google Chrome Frame, was announced on Google's Chromium Blog Tuesday.

Meet Google Chrome Frame

After a quick installation, Google Chrome Frame begins automatically functioning within your existing Internet Explorer setup. Once running, it'll render all Web pages opened in IE with Chrome's WebKit-based engine and will also enable advanced HTML5 support not normally available within Microsoft's browser.

In describing the Google Chrome Frame plugin, engineers all but explicitly reference the Web-wide efforts to kill IE 6 due to its outdated standards. Microsoft has refused to drop support for the browser, leaving many in the blogosphere frustrated and searching for their own workaround solutions.

Per Google's announcement:

"Recent JavaScript performance improvements and the emergence of HTML5 have enabled web applications to do things that could previously only be done by desktop software. One challenge developers face in using these new technologies is that they are not yet supported by Internet Explorer. Developers can't afford to ignore IE ... so they end up spending lots of time implementing work-arounds or limiting the functionality of their apps.

"With Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer."

Google Chrome Frame can be installed in any version of Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.

For Users and Developers

While Chrome Frame is currently described as an "early version" intended for developers, Google is by no means painting it as only an insider's tool. Engineers tout the plugin's ability to let users experience speedier load times and more modern Web applications while still remaining within the IE interface.

The Google team is also tying the idea of Chrome Frame into the notion of maintaining an open Web, something the company has recently been working hard to promote. Today's announcement puts much emphasis on the fact that Chrome Frame is open source and focused on increasing the availability of open Web technologies.

Of course, the fact that it also exposes more users to the Chrome experience probably doesn't hurt, either.

Download page for the experimental ChromeFrame IE plugin.


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I think the last line in the quotes settle it up. Although talking to non tech people, and there experiences with chrome,  (so many people just click and install anything they see ) , most of them tell me they had to uninstall chrome for various reasons. So it's going to take google more then what appears to be a IE theme to get those people back on board.

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What I don't like about Google apps, is the 'Updater'.  I like to be the one in charge of updating and not the software.  And I thought the first version of chrome was Blahhh. And all them ad's showed up on webpages too.

There are other software's that when they get updated, like Java and QuickTime, that re-check the auto updater. I think it was QuickTime that tried to force install other software(symantec?) via an auto-update. But I've found with Windows Update occasionally, that an update will change one system setting that the update shouldn't of changed. So it's fun trying to find the glitch, that shows up.

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