Google Decides to Retire Chrome Frame
Article by George Norman
On 17 Jun 2013
Google Chrome Frame, the plug-in that brought Chrome functionality to Internet Explorer, will be retired. Google announced it’s winding down Chrome Frame and plans to end support and updates come January 2014.

There was a time when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer did not provide support for HTML5. To address this situation, to give legacy browsers HTML5 compatibility and faster JavaScript, Google rolled out the open-source Chrome Frame plug-in. With it you could run whatever Chrome could, just that you could do it in Internet Explorer. Of course, Microsoft responded by claiming Chrome Frame is bad for you and you should stay away.


Google first rolled out Chrome Frame in the autumn of 2009. The stable version was rolled out a year later, on the project’s first birthday. These are the main dates relating to the project’s beginnings. Here comes one related to the project’s end. Come January 2014, Google Chrome Frame will reach end of life.

Google announced this June that it decided to retire Chrome Frame. The company is winding down Chrome Frame and plans to end support and updates come January 2014.

Robert Shield, Google Chrome Engineer, explained that Chrome Frame is no longer necessary. The plug-in was rolled out because back in 2009 lots of people used legacy browsers or browsers that lagged behind the leading edge. Nowadays, legacy browsers usage has declined significantly, most browsers update automatically, and most people use modern browser that provide support for the latest web technologies.

“Given these factors we’ve decided to retire Chrome Frame, and will cease support and updates for the product in January 2014,” said Robert Shield. “It’s unusual to build something and hope it eventually makes itself obsolete, but in this case we see the retirement of Chrome Frame as evidence of just how far the web has come.”

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