Google Chrome Frame (History)

For history, a plugin for Internet Explorer that add to the Microsoft's browser, a full HTML 5 support and the JavaScript compiler of Chrome!
In fact HTML 5 was incorporated by Microsoft into Internet Explorer, then to Edge and finally, in 2019, Microsoft adopted the same rendering engine as Google, Blink, for its browser, which eliminates any compatibility issue!

A stable version was released on September 22, 2010 and a lot of sites have added the code in their pages. Because it is useless since IE 9, Google ceased support for frame in January 2014.

This plugin works on Internet Explorer 6, 7 and further versions. Google wants to break a barrier that prevents the Web to evolve: the most common browser and its lack of compatibility with the new standards.

When it is recognized, Internet Explorer will run under WebKit, the rendering engine of Chrome and Safari, and the it will use the ultra-fast JavaScript compiler in replacement if the IE interpreter.

The advantage of this plugin is great for the compatibility of web applications and will become even more useful with WebGL integrated in Webkit, which let us have applications in 3D on the browser: a very different Web!
WebGL is also supported by Firefox since the version 3.7.

Since May 2011, the plugin can be installed without administrator rights, so on older version of IE which are incorporated into a server and can not be updated.

A tag in the code of a Web page will display a message prompting the user to download the plugin. Once it is installed, IE run as Chrome and will support HTML 5.

Features of Frame

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Reaction from Microsoft

We were expecting that Microsoft has not appreciated really this initiative that promotes HTML 5 to the detriment of their own solution, Silverlight. The firm highlights a security problem:

Given the security issues with plug-ins in general and Google Chrome in particular, Google Chrome Frame running as a plug-in has doubled the attack area for malware and malicious scripts.

Source ZDNet. But now, Microsoft has moved to HTML 5.

The most amusing is that a vulnerability has been discovered in a plugin installed silently by Microsoft into Firefox, the Windows Presentation Foundation plugin, against which Microsoft itself warns you! Microsoft explains how to disable the plugin! They are well placed to know security problems in plugins.