If you don't want a new browser, but would like to add the benefits available from Google Chrome to Internet Explorer, a free plug-in called Google Chrome Frame is now available.
It works in Versions 6, 7, and 8 of Internet Explorer on Windows computers running either Windows Vista or Windows XP with Service Pack 2.
Free, quick, easy and efficient-need I say more? Here is how to get started.
Things You'll Need
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome Frame plug-in for Internet Explorer
Go to the Google download site to install the Google Chrome Frame plug-in. Click the Get Google Chrome Frame button to download. The plugin will install using the standard Windows installation routine. If you've ever installed Flash or a PDF viewer in Internet Explorer, you'll find the process very similar and equally simple.
When you visit a website that is enabled to work with Google Chrome Frame you will experience faster response times for scripts on the page and enjoy effects that Internet Explorer does not support. When you visit a site that isn't enabled for Google Chrome Frame, the browser will run as normal.
Google Chrome Frame may be of particular interest, if you for whatever reason, are still using Internet Explorer 6. It will enable the old browser to work with newer web apps, but won't break if a page is not meant to use Google Chrome Frame. It will simply continue to function as Internet Explorer 6.
Should you ever decide you don't want to have the plug-in running in Internet Explorer, use the standard Add or Remove Programs tool in the Windows Control Panel to uninstall Google Chrome Frame.
Tips & Warnings
- The Google Chrome Frame plug-in makes the browser support HTML5, CSS3, canvas and SVG features. HTML5 and CSS3 are proposed new standards for the Web that include many features already in use and supported by other browsers.
- Microsoft warned Internet Explorer 8 users against installing the Google Chrome Frame as a plug-in for security reasons. They say that the plug-in makes Internet Explorer vulnerable. Google disputes this claim. Early on in the release of Google Chrome, it was shown to be insecure, but by March 2009, Google made changes that brought the security levels to as good or better than other browsers.
- Google Chrome Frame is an early release and is still in the development stage as of this writing.
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