Google today released a new browser plug-in called Google Chrome Frame that creates an unholy union between Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, rendering web pages in IE using Chrome’s rendering engine.
The (most) obvious question: Why would I install this plug-in rather than switch browsers to Chrome? The folks at Google point to IT lockdown that won’t allow users to install a new browser; Ars wonders whether such restrictive IT departments would be any more likely to approve this plug-in. If nothing else, it’s a pretty bold move on the part of Google.
The other obvious question: How do I get it working? Actually, you don’t have to do anything — it’s up to web developers to throw a single tag on their pages to ask Internet Explorer to render a page with the Chrome Frame, if it’s installed. We’re pretty sure it’ll only be a short while until someone comes up with a tweak to make Chrome Frame a default rendering tool on every page, but until then, it’s up to the web building community to take notice.
The Google Chrome Frame plug-in is a free, open-source download for Windows only, and works with IE6, 7, and 8. It’s currently in its early stages, so expect an occasional bug or two.