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's Chrome Frame plug-in for Internet Explorer (6,7 and 8) has stepped out of beta after having undergone months of fine-tuning, the company announced Friday. Primarily meant to provide additional features, speed and stability on legacy browsers, the plug-in literally turns Internet Explorer into Google Chrome. It entered beta in June with the development team focusing its efforts on improving speed and stability.
“A stable release is just the beginning for Google Chrome Frame. We’ve set aggressive goals for future releases: we’re working on making start-up speed even faster and removing the current requirement for administrator rights to install the plug-in. Expect more improvements and features in the near future, as we plan to release on the same schedule as Google Chrome,” the company said in a blog post.
However, Microsoft is not looking forward to future Chrome Frame releases, as it believes the plug-in “has doubled the attach area for malware and malicious scripts.”