Over the weekend I was researching some new web technologies and stumbled across a new plug-in for Internet Explorer (IE). It’s called Google Chrome Frame, and it solves some big problems in the current development cycle for web apps.
Many people don’t know this, but a lot of time is devoted entirely to making IE (especially older versions) behave properly with W3C standard based browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, etc.). This makes developing for the web more complex than it needs to be because most browsers function as you would expect them to. Unfortunately, IE is used by most users across the planet, so the fact that it isn’t based on current standards and behaves oddly isn’t something that we developers can ignore. This is where Google-Chrome-Frame comes to the rescue.
For a better understanding of what this all means, and how it will help both developers and users, check out this short video that explains some of the points I’ve covered.