Google hijacks Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame

Google hijacks Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame

Summary: If Microsoft won't keep their browser up-to-speed with the rest of the field, Google's going to do it for them. A new project from Google called Google Chrome Frame is a plugin for Internet Explorer that allows developers to override Microsoft's rendering engine with Google's -- giving users HTML5 compatibility and faster javascript.

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If Microsoft won't keep their browser up-to-speed with the rest of the field, Google's going to do it for them. A new project from Google called Google Chrome Frame is a plugin for Internet Explorer that allows developers to override Microsoft's rendering engine with Google's -- giving users HTML5 compatibility and faster javascript.

To make use of Google Chrome Frame, developers simply put a meta tag in their source code. If the user is use Internet Explorer, and the plugin is installed, pages with this special tag will automatically make use of Google Chrome.

Watch the video here.

I wonder how excited Microsoft would get if Google made the Google Chrome rendering engine the default one in Internet Explorer?

Topics: Browser, Google, Microsoft

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  • IE is already up to the speed

    ... and the plugin enabling it is SilverLight.

    "Hello XAML, and byebye HTML garbage." So says M$.
    LBiege
    • That's sarcasm, right?

      If not, you know very well that Idiot Exploiter is far more obsolete than any other actively maintained browser. Just like windows.
      Subsentient
    • I don't like XAML that much . . .

      XAML is meant to be more toolable, and the tools
      are expensive. As a student that's on a tight
      budget and does a lot of programming on the side -
      expensive is something I don't like too much.
      CobraA1
      • Since you are a student...

        you get a Windows Server 2008 FOR FREE.

        you get a Visual Studio Express FOR FREE.

        you get a Sql Server Express FOR FREE.

        you get an IIS 7 server as part of Server 2008 FOR FREE

        That's not very expensive, dude.
        LBiege
        • sure, but then...

          sure, but then, as soon as you graduate you
          realize that you, as a struggling beginner in your
          field, now need to purchase some very expensive
          software that MS has weaned you onto for free,
          like a crack dealer looking for new marks. no
          thanks.
          lostarchitect
          • Business Model?

            Get your head out of the South Pole, when did Google
            ever have charge for software business model, and
            when did MS ever have a free software business
            model? MS just put that free Explorer piece of crap
            into the OS to hinder others innovation, because they
            themselves could not leverage the browser into a
            revenue generator.
            bigpicture
        • He's trying to do the right thing

          He's a student AND he or she does programming on the side. Obviously it's against the EULA to do production programming on education versions. So, as a student, who is not doing programming full-time and not for a company, MS development tools ARE expensive.
          freetulisten
  • Microsoft will send out and update.

    Microsoft will just send out and update to fix that exploit.

    Google chrome is one big security hold.
    NeoZon@...
  • Imagine if...

    ...Microsoft "hijacked" Chrome with IE Frame.
    LandonAB
    • Apples to Oranges

      If Microsoft hijacked Chrome with IE Frame, it would upset users as it would cease to function.
      20kwfence
  • RE: Google hijacks Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame

    If you dont like chrome, you uninstall it and it breaks the link for html in outlook, no pictures and no links. It is an easy registry edit to fix thou
    Kinca
  • Sounds like a good transition technology. It is easier to get users to

    install a plugin than a new browser. Then, web designers
    only have to make the home page and basic things work for
    IE 6,7,&8, then, prompt to install the Chrome Plugin the
    first time they want to use an application.
    DonnieBoy
  • RE: Google hijacks Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame

    I think "hijack" is a really strong (and unnecessary) term here. It implies that something is being done against the will of the user, such as malware hijacking your browser. From what I've read, the worst thing that happens is that if the tag is detected, the user gets pointed to a site to install the Chrome Frame. That's hardly hijacking. (Otherwise, picking up hitchhikers would be carjacking).
    fyao
  • Wonder if IRON can fo this?

    I wonder if SRWARE IRON can do this too. That'll be nice.
    fromSouth
  • RE: Google hijacks Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame

    "If Microsoft won?t keep their browser up-to-speed with the rest of the field, Google?s going to do it for them."

    Yawn. This is just another predictable, rather pointless regurgitation of the commercial propaganda posted by Google earlier:

    "Unfortunately, Internet Explorer, still used by the majority of the Web's users, has not kept up with such fairly recent developments in Web technology. Compared with other browsers, the JavaScript performance is many times slower and HTML5 support is still far behind. Likewise, the many different versions of IE still in use -- each with its own set of CSS quirks and layout limitations -- further complicates building rich Web applications."

    http :// googlewavedev . blogspot . com/2009/09/google-wave-in-internet-explorer.html

    [To use the above URL please remove the spaces]

    What a shame to see a blog post about an interesting project being used by the corporation as a soap-box for, and ending up dominated by, anti-IE/anti-MS propaganda.

    This necessarily independent or objective, when Google has a product competing with IE. The anti-IE rhetoric is really unnecessary and it's not constructive. The blog post will be widely regurhitated online, as we see above. It's viral corporate propaganda and the author of this post fell for it.

    Let's try to be professional and bear in mind that HTML 5 is not ready yet. It's not even a specification yet -- as the W3C has been trying to make clear despite Google's best efforts to hijack web standards issues for their corporate propaganda:-
    http://www.w3.org/QA/2009/05/_watching_the_google_io.html
    Tim Acheson
    • Microsoft has nowhere to hide if they refuse to innovate. Those reporting

      the facts are not necessarily anti-Microsoft. No
      need to shoot the messenger.

      And, YES, Microsoft would like to delay the
      implementation of HTML 5 for as long as possible.
      Sure, they would not lift one finger until the spec
      is final, and make sure it takes as long as
      possible to be finalized, and then take their own
      sweet time implementing it.

      But, the others that WANT innovation understand
      that you have to start implementing it and testing
      it, and getting real-world feed back right now, in
      order to be ready as soon as possible after the
      final spec is released.

      DonnieBoy
    • propaganda or not, the question is: Which is faster and more reliable?

      i want to use whichever one is faster and more reliable.
      nhirsch
  • Something else to be patched on Patch Tuesday

    wonder if MS will pull an Apple and call Google their Real. Probably can't, . . . silent patch kill.
    Boot_Agnostic
  • LOL!!!

    now that is funny... just bypass IE altogether...
    from inside IE... LOL!!!

    for devs this is awesome no more need for hacking
    code to get things to look right in IE.. everything
    can be WWW3 standard and use the webkit
    rendering engine... this is awesome... that is if MS
    doesn't kill it the first chance they get...

    MS needs to just scrap there crappy rendering
    engine and just go to webkit like everyone else is
    doing... enough already!
    doctorSpoc
  • RE: Google hijacks Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame

    It's all well and good but doesn't it still rely on a user actually installing it for it to be enabled?

    Part of the problem is for us web developers is that we're often building sites for companies that still haven't updated any of their browser software from the antiquated IE6. The last 3 projects that we have completed, which were for large well known corporations, still have this problem. If they can't even get beyond that, then what hope is there for Chrome Frame?

    Sounds like a major pipe dream to me. I'm sorry to point out that it will won't be an effective solution to anyone but the individual user who has control over their own system... unfortunately!

    In my opinion, IE overrides are not going to become a thing of the past anytime soon...
    TheTallGuy