Google Chrome Frame Now Carries the Beta Tag
Article by George Norman
On 14 Jun 2010
As you may already know, Google Chrome Frame is an open-source plug-in that gives Internet Explorer HTML5 compatibility and faster JavaScript. With Chrome Frame you can run whatever Chrome can run, just that you do it in IE. What you may not be aware of is that Chrome Frame moved out of the dev channel and into the Beta channel. The stable channel is next and when that happens, we’ll have a final, stable version of Google Chrome frame to play with.

“Web developers have been itching to develop with HTML5 but have been held back by legacy browsers. Google Chrome Frame can help break this impasse by allowing applications to target HTML5 on versions of Internet Explorer. We’re excited to announce that Google Chrome Frame has graduated from Developer Preview into Beta,” announced Amit Joshi, Software Engineer, and Alex Russell, Software Engineer.

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As the two engineers explained, the Beta version does not bring any new features to the table. What the Beta does is fix more than 200 bugs; and it makes Google Chrome Frame safer, more stable, and faster – because that is what developers told Google. Chrome Frame Beta for example now handles IE’s InPrivate Browsing feature a lot better.

“For those of you who want to develop HTML5 applications and deploy them broadly, we encourage you to give Google Chrome Frame a try. Existing users will be auto-updated to the beta, so if you downloaded Google Chrome Frame before, you’ll automatically get the new version. We’re also creating a new dev channel release, where you can try out the cutting-edge features we’re developing,” added Amit Joshi and Alex Russell.

Google Chrome Frame was rolled out in the autumn of 2009. At the time of the launch, Redmond-based software giant Microsoft did not take kindly to Chrome Frame. Microsoft officially recommended that users stay away from the plug-in because it has a negative image on IE’s security. Mozilla then jumped in an agreed with Microsoft. Google responded by saying Google Chrome Frame, which is still in early development phase, is being developed with security in mind.

To get started with Google Chrome Frame Beta, just click
here.



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