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Google Chrome Frame: Enable open web technologies in Internet Explorer

October 10, 2009 01:30 PDT

Posted by Andrew.

Google released an early-stage open source plug-in for Internet Explorer which brings Canvas and Chrome’s fast JavaScript engine to Internet Explorer. It’s named Google Chrome Frame. With Google Chrome Frame, you can:

  • Start using open web technologies - like the HTML5 canvas tag - right away, even technologies that aren't yet supported in Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8.
  • Take advantage of JavaScript performance improvements to make your apps faster and more responsive.
  • For Users: Get Google Chrome Frame

    Google Chrome Frame is a free plug-in, you can download and install it from Google site.


    • Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8
    • Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2

    For Developers: Making Your Pages Work with Google Chrome Frame

    Note that Google’s plug-in, once installed by the user, will not make Canvas simply just work across all sites. To making your pages work with Google Chrome Frame, you need to insert this META tag to the top of the page (HTML head section):

    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">

    When Google Chrome Frame detects this tag it switches automatically to using Google Chrome's speedy WebKit-based rendering engine. It's that easy. For users, installing Google Chrome Frame will allow them to seamlessly enjoy modern web apps at blazing speeds, through the familiar interface of the version of IE that they are currently using.

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