Google Upgrades Internet Explorer With Chrome

Plenty of people are still using Internet Explorer 6 because their place of work won't upgrade to the updated version of Microsoft's browser. With the introduction of Chrome Frame, Google is looking to help employees move on without forcing their bosses to do the same.

Chrome Frame essentially transforms Explorer into Chrome by bringing an open HTML5 and other technologies to IE. Google engineers working on Chrome Frame say that the purpose is to help developers take advantage of the latest open web technologies.

"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," wrote software engineers Alex Russell and Amit Joshi, along with project manager Mike Smith. "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 — most people use some version of IE — so they end up spending lots of time implementing work-arounds or limiting the functionality of their apps," the trio continue.

Russell, Joshi and Smith go on to say that with Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of a faster Javascript engine, support for technologies like HTML5's offline capabilities and <canvas>, to modern CSS/Layout handling.

Peep the video below for more or check out Google's Chromium blog.

Introducing Google Chrome Frame

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  • However it fails to address the real problem. Most companies havnt upgraded IE simply because of an Overworked, underpaid, IT staff. Many large companies here in the Silicon Valley are still running XP SP1. I have witnessed this on many occasions. With the simple effort it would take to put this on every computer, it would still be more simple to just update IE and or install Chrome flat out.

    A simple deployment is no longer a simple deployment once you have 2 guys doing this on over 300 PC's at 11 at night.
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  • Errr... not sure what happened above. As I was saying... Amen to that. 1200:1 computer to technician ratio here. It's insane.
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  • This is actually kind of cool.
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  • However it fails to address the real problem. Most companies havnt upgraded IE simply because of an Overworked, underpaid, IT staff. Many large companies here in the Silicon Valley are still running XP SP1. I have witnessed this on many occasions. With the simple effort it would take to put this on every computer, it would still be more simple to just update IE and or install Chrome flat out.

    A simple deployment is no longer a simple deployment once you have 2 guys doing this on over 300 PC's at 11 at night.
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  • Amen t
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