Google's Chrome Frame Lets IE Users Bypass Sysadmins

Brad Chacos

Stuck in the shackles of a subpar browsing experience because your boss swears by the robust feature set offered in IE6? Want IE9's HTML5 support, but can't get it because your company's still using Windows XP? Google wants to help. They've offered the "Chrome Frame" plug-in for older versions of IE as a technological band-aid for years, but you've always needed admin privileges to install it. Not anymore – the newest Chrome Frame iteration bypasses the need for admin rights entirely, allowing tech-savvy corporate computers users to give the middle finger to IT departments throughout the world.

Google announced the upcoming change at its I/O meeting last month, but the new, admin-defying version was only released yesterday . The plug-in gives the older browsers the guts of Google's Chrome browser, enabling the obsolete equipment the ability to render fancy new web technology like HTML5 and WebGL. Chrome also replaces the other browser's default JavaScript engine with Chrome's speedy version, which works great for everybody.

Actually, it probably doesn't work too great for Microsoft and admins with systems whose bones require the use of the older browsers. Worried admins can actually still block Chrome Frame installations, but doing so requires the separate Google Update For Enterprise controls. An admin-bypassing Chrome Frame probably won't work too great for disgruntled desk jockeys, either – as useful as the plug-in sounds, getting caught installing unapproved programs is a great way to earn a trip to the unemployment line. Just keep that in mind, folks!

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