Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 19:48 UTC
Google Google Chrome Frame is an open-source plugin that adds HTML5, Canvas, a fast JavaScript engine and more to Internet Explorer; in fact it just swaps out Trident with Webkit! Developers can opt-in to the feature on their sites via a meta-tag / HTTP-header and prompt users to install Google Chrome Frame if they don't have it. Update: Correction, they don't support the HTTP Header.
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Corporate users
by VistaUser on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 22:38 UTC
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2008-03-08

From what I can tell, there is a large majority of users who use internet explorer because they have no option - it is what is provided by their place of work/education.

I would hazard a guess that these users will also not have the freedom to install a plugin, so while this thing has geek value, I do not think it will actually accomplish much.

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RE: Corporate users
by WorknMan on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 23:03 in reply to "Corporate users"
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2005-11-13

From what I can tell, there is a large majority of users who use internet explorer because they have no option - it is what is provided by their place of work/education.

I would hazard a guess that these users will also not have the freedom to install a plugin, so while this thing has geek value, I do not think it will actually accomplish much.


Yeah, I don't think this plugin has any use for people who use IE at work because we have to, since the corporate intranet is IE-only.

You would think that most people use IE either because they want to or they have to. But a large majority don't know what the hell they're using (the same individuals who will tell you that they're using Windows 97), so if you could get them to install this plugin, they'd probably never know the difference.

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RE: Corporate users
by lemur2 on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 23:03 in reply to "Corporate users"
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2007-02-17

From what I can tell, there is a large majority of users who use internet explorer because they have no option - it is what is provided by their place of work/education. I would hazard a guess that these users will also not have the freedom to install a plugin, so while this thing has geek value, I do not think it will actually accomplish much.


Why wouldn't the corporation install it?

Trident would still automatically be used on corporate sites.

Google's Chrome Frame would automatically be used on sites which wanted to deliver standards-compliant rich content. This is much safer for the corporation becuase it uses webkit and not the insecure trident.

Everybody wins ... except of course Microsoft's interest in controlling and constraining users.

Edited 2009-09-22 23:05 UTC

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RE[2]: Corporate users
by stainsby on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 00:37 in reply to "RE: Corporate users"
stainsby Member since:
2009-08-02

Well said. Check mate I believe.

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RE: Corporate users
by DrillSgt on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 23:19 in reply to "Corporate users"
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2005-12-02

From what I can tell, there is a large majority of users who use internet explorer because they have no option - it is what is provided by their place of work/education.

I would hazard a guess that these users will also not have the freedom to install a plugin, so while this thing has geek value, I do not think it will actually accomplish much.


From a corporate standpoint I would say this is a win and this plugin would be on the list of mandatory plugins to have. I can see no reason at all why they would not install this. Being in IT, I would and will definitely push for this, once I find a new job anyway.

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RE[2]: Corporate users
by lemur2 on Tue 22nd Sep 2009 23:43 in reply to "RE: Corporate users"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

From a corporate standpoint I would say this is a win and this plugin would be on the list of mandatory plugins to have. I can see no reason at all why they would not install this.


It seems that way to me too. Corporations won't lose any capability (say in IE6) by installing this, yet they would finally gain web standards compliance for sites that need it.

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/09/google-brings-chrom...


Perhaps more troubling than the deficiencies of IE8 is the tragic longevity of IE6, which was released in 2001 and is long overdue for retirement. Some companies unfortunately cannot give it up, either, because they depend on proprietary Web software that only supports legacy versions of IE.

Google hopes that delivering Chrome's rendering engine in an IE plugin will provide a pragmatic compromise for users who can't upgrade. Web developers will be able to use an X-UA-Compatible meta tag to specify that their page should be displayed with the Chrome renderer plugin instead of using Internet Explorer's Trident engine. This approach will ensure that the Chrome engine is only used when it is supposed to and that it won't disrupt the browser's handling of legacy Web applications that require IE6 compatibility.

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