Google Chrome Frame

If you still use IE read on, others may happily skip this post.

There are many people who still use IE and can’t update to a better browser including Google Chrome, Firefox etc.,  For these people Google has released a plugin called Google Chrome Frame. It is an open source browser plugin that brings Google Chrome’s open web technologies and speedy Javascript engine to Internet Explorer.

With Google Chrome Frame plugin you can,

  • Start using open web technologies – like the HTML5 canvas tag – right away, even technologies that aren’t yet supported in Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.
  • Take advantage of JavaScript performance improvements to make your apps faster and more responsive.

If you’re a developer you can allow your website to use the plug-in by using the following piece of code in your web pages,

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1" />

When Google Chrome Frame detects this tag it automatically switches to Google Chrome’s speedy rendering engine.

Google Chrome Frame is already used by many Google services including Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Reader, etc., Chromium’s blog says that the main goals are to “to improve performance and ease the transition for users as they drop support for legacy browsers”

Also Google Chrome Frame is now out of beta and is more stable,

Today, we’re very happy to take the Beta tag off of Google Chrome Frame and promote it to the Stable channel. This stable channel release provides our most polished version of Google Chrome Frame to date, allowing users to access modern web technologies like HTML5 on legacy browsers. You now can download the stable version of Google Chrome Frame and users of the Beta will be automatically updated to it in the days ahead. If you’re an IT administrator, we’ve also posted an MSI installer for deploying Google Chrome Frame in your network.

Join Google Chrome Frame discussion group for any feedback or file any bugs through the Chromium issue tracker.

P.S: Switch to Google Chrome for better browsing experience with speed, security and stability. My next post will be on why to use Google Chrome 🙂

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