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Google Chrome Frame Takes Pity On Internet Explorer

Gordon Kelly


You know your browser must be in a pretty poor state when even your rivals start to take pity on it...

Google has decided to lend Internet Explorer a helping hand this week with the introduction of 'Chrome Frame' for IE6, IE and IE8. In short Frame is an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 support and other open web technologies to these hapless browsers.

"With Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer," said Google software engineers Amit Joshi and Alex Russell (surely with smiles on their faces). "From a faster Javascript engine, to support for current web technologies like HTML5's offline capabilities and , to modern CSS/Layout handling, Google Chrome Frame enables these features within IE with no additional coding or testing for different browser versions."

To start using Google Chrome Frame, all developers need to do is to add a single tag:

After this Chrome Frame will switch IE to use Chrome's vastly faster Webkit based rendering engine so users "seamlessly enjoy modern web apps at blazing speeds, through the familiar interface of the version of IE that they are currently using."

Ultimately, while Chrome Frame is welcome the even easier solution is to move to Chrome, Firefox or any of the other countless web browsers which already support these soon-to-be fundamental standards. After all, if IE6, 7 and 8 users knew enough to add in Chrome Frame you'd think they'd know enough to switch browsers completely?

Still, it's kinda funny...


Google Official Blog Post

Google Chrome Frame

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