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Google Chrome Frame – A Step towards making IE a better browser for Die-Hard IE users

Posted on: January 12, 2012

– Your users may be using older versions of Internet Explorer, and not willing to change for one reason or another?

Here comes Google Chrome Frame:

Google Chrome Frame is an open source plug-in that perfectly brings Google Chrome’s open web technologies and speedy JavaScript engine to Internet Explorer. However it requires action from both sides. User need to install the plugin and developer needs to add the META tag below:

<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”ie=edge,chrome=1″>

“Google Chrome Frame” can detect, and if present, will render the page using Google Chrome rather than Internet Explorer. This gives users the appearance of using IE, but the speed and standards compliance, and security of CHROME.

Unfortunately, installing the Chrome Frame doesn’t automatically make your Internet Explorer use Chrome to render webpages — it’s still up to designers/developers to specify that their website should use Google Chrome Frame “If Present”.

I am not convinced that this product is going to solve everyone’s problems though — mainly because it requires action from both end users. If you’re a designer or developer, are you going to add the meta tag to your website? ….Comments?

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