Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Chrome Frame is out of Beta!

Category: Chrome, Google, IE

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Big news: Chrome Frame is now stable and out of beta!

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.

Chrome Frame is now much faster and stable. It’s extremely simple to have a site use Chrome Frame:

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

For the next step the Chrome Frame team is focusing on making start-up speed even faster and removing the need for administrator rights when installing the plug-in.

Congrats to the Chrome Frame team!

[Disclosure: Alex Russell, the chipper-looking fellow in the video, and I have worked together at Google and on Dojo before.]

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Sounds awesome…but there is still one question I have. How on earth will Google ever get a significant amount of IE6/7/8 users to install this? These are typically people who don’t understand why one browser is better than another, or are not able to upgrade due to company policies. Am I missing something?

Comment by Jonny — September 23, 2010

Jonny:

I work on Chrome Frame. To a very large extent, Google won’t be the ones to get users to install GCF (although we’ll do our bit), web developers will by developing amazing HTML5 apps and prompting their IE users to install the plugin or get a modern browser. Chrome Frame enables the first part of that equation — letting you build to the edge of what the web can do — by removing the excuses that organizations have against adopting them. The amazing stuff we’ll build will be what drives adoption, but we have to give ourselves permission to go do it first. GCF is one (less painful) way of giving yourself that permission to do awesome things.

Regards

Comment by slightlyoff — September 23, 2010

Has anyone else had success trying to get this installed in a microsoft dominated corporate environment? I am trying but it is proving difficult http://estrip.org/articles/read/paul/52871/Trying-to-get-Google-Chrome-Frame-Installed-in-a-Corporate-Setting-dominated-by-Microsoft-Products

Comment by paulsidekick — October 1, 2010

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