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Microsoft to Google: Stay Out Of Our Browser!

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Microsoft is advising against using Chrome Frame within Internet Explorer... naturally.

On Tuesday, Google announced the release of Chrome Frame, an engine that can be used within Internet Explorer 6, IE7, and IE8 that allows Chrome to render Web pages rather than Microsoft's IE engine; Chrome Frame also executes Google JavaScript programs. To enable Chrome Frame within Internet Explorer, surfers simply must install a plug-in while Web developers must insert a line of code into their pages that speaks directly with Chrome Frame upon each visit.

Naturally, Microsoft didn't take too kindly with the idea, telling consumers that they are better off upgrading Internet Explorer to the latest version rather than inserting Chrome Frame into its software. "With Internet Explorer 8, we made significant advancements and updates to make the browser safer for our customers," Microsoft said. "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 attach area for malware and malicious scripts. This is not a risk we would recommend our friends and families take."

Mozilla's Dion Almaer snickered at the comment on his Twitter page, claiming that consumers should "uninstall Silverlight now," and that Microsoft is frightened by the security issues some plug-ins can bring. Amy Barzdukas, general manager for Internet Explorer, sang a more positive tune and told CNET that it was indeed a security issue with Microsoft, calling the process "a browser within a browser." She said that running Chrome Frame interferes with private browsing and clear-browser-history features found in the new Internet Explorer 8.

"That is not made clear," Barzdukas told CNET. "That is a trade-off that customers would really want to make with eyes wide open."  She also added that consumers using Internet Explorer 6 need to dump the old browser and download the latest release, saying that installing another add-on is not an ideal option. "It just compounds your problem," she said.

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    ecnovaec , September 24, 2009 9:21 PM
    Why are you trying to make Microsoft look like the bad guy here? 99% of computer users are technologically stupid. They will install the Google add-on, have problems, then call Microsoft for support. This costs Microsoft a lot of money and loses them a lot of business when the same idiot that installed the add-on bashes Microsoft to all their friends. I'm not calling Microsoft perfect... but come on already.
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    doc70 , September 24, 2009 9:15 PM
    well, if you want to use Chrome... just use Chrome! Don't need a plug-in for that...
    I can see their point, too: I like to keep my choices as...pure as possible, without interference. If one likes Firefox one can use pure Firefox and so on.. No need to mix and match plugins that are not really needed, especially if it affects the security of the browser of choice. I hardly use IE, mostly Firefox for it's great add-on library.
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    eatmeimadanish , September 24, 2009 9:44 PM
    I just loaded Chrome Frame in my virtual machines IE5 and it works awesome. I can now see through websites and into the vortex that makes up the enchanted world between code and ours. After learning the natives language I became illuminated to a culture without war and poverty. They taught me how to bend time and energy with thought, they also taught me quantum mathematics which makes cooking much easier now. In the end, what Google Chrome Frame brings to us all, is another oppurtunity to change that part of ourselves that is rooted in the lie called reality.

    Or we could realize that this is really not that big of a deal...
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    war2k9 , September 24, 2009 9:14 PM
    MS please make a better browser.
    Thank You!
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    doc70 , September 24, 2009 9:15 PM
    well, if you want to use Chrome... just use Chrome! Don't need a plug-in for that...
    I can see their point, too: I like to keep my choices as...pure as possible, without interference. If one likes Firefox one can use pure Firefox and so on.. No need to mix and match plugins that are not really needed, especially if it affects the security of the browser of choice. I hardly use IE, mostly Firefox for it's great add-on library.
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    ecnovaec , September 24, 2009 9:21 PM
    Why are you trying to make Microsoft look like the bad guy here? 99% of computer users are technologically stupid. They will install the Google add-on, have problems, then call Microsoft for support. This costs Microsoft a lot of money and loses them a lot of business when the same idiot that installed the add-on bashes Microsoft to all their friends. I'm not calling Microsoft perfect... but come on already.
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    beehew , September 24, 2009 9:22 PM
    Enough browsers out there. No need to use one that looks like a pokemon ball.
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    Hanin33 , September 24, 2009 9:32 PM
    jeeze, it seems most of the previous people commenting no little about the nature of ChromeFrame... it was never meant for the home user. it was made for business/corporate users that are stuck with IE6 because of IT policy or a lack of resources to get IE upgraded (such is the case in offices where there's only 1 or 2 IT staff and over 1000 PCs). in such cases, ChromeFrame can act as an interim solution to allow those users to access pages and applets that are compliant with HTML5 and just need a decent rendering engine in general. that microsoft would recommend users upgrade to IE8 when this would cause even more issues with in-house activeX applications and standards compliant internet webpages is telling of their overall close sightedness...
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    eatmeimadanish , September 24, 2009 9:44 PM
    I just loaded Chrome Frame in my virtual machines IE5 and it works awesome. I can now see through websites and into the vortex that makes up the enchanted world between code and ours. After learning the natives language I became illuminated to a culture without war and poverty. They taught me how to bend time and energy with thought, they also taught me quantum mathematics which makes cooking much easier now. In the end, what Google Chrome Frame brings to us all, is another oppurtunity to change that part of ourselves that is rooted in the lie called reality.

    Or we could realize that this is really not that big of a deal...
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    eklipz330 , September 24, 2009 9:53 PM
    that's not a cool move on google's part.
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    ravewulf , September 24, 2009 9:57 PM
    I do like a lot of what Microsoft does, and I like all the interface goodies in IE (color coded grouped tabs!), but they really do need to work on the rendering engine a lot more. Granted it is a lot better than it was, but there is still quite a ways to go.
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    Anonymous , September 24, 2009 10:10 PM
    Horse shit!!! The .NET Framework 3.5 installs an add-in to Firefox that adds all kinds of the IE vulnerabilities to it. This is why I use Linux.
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    nesomumi , September 24, 2009 11:01 PM
    lol, Horse shit it is ;) 
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    cryogenic , September 24, 2009 11:08 PM
    Linus_McLinuxHorse shit!!! The .NET Framework 3.5 installs an add-in to Firefox that adds all kinds of the IE vulnerabilities to it. This is why I use Linux.


    Bullshit!

    There wasn't a single vulnerability report because of Firefox ClickOnce addon.

    You use linux because you're a freetard maybe, and can't afford a real OS? like Windows 7 or OS X?

    There's no way in hell you use Linux over and non existent vulnerability in Firefox because of a MS addon. That's definitely a lame reason.




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    jhansonxi , September 24, 2009 11:23 PM
    ecnovaecWhy are you trying to make Microsoft look like the bad guy here? 99% of computer users are technologically stupid. They will install the Google add-on, have problems, then call Microsoft for support.
    Only for retail versions of Windows. Most users get Windows on a new PC so the OEM is responsible for support.

    There isn't this much whining about IE Tab on Firefox.
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    eddieroolz , September 24, 2009 11:31 PM
    I guess it's like IEtabs for Firefox.
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    koga73 , September 25, 2009 12:21 AM
    hmm... well I see both sides of the argument. But at the same time... If you have ever been on a machine running IE6 still and the admins wont upgrade it, then Chrome Frame is a great solution for the user.
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    Major7up , September 25, 2009 12:29 AM
    Did everybody miss the discussion when Tom's first reported Chrome frame? Has everybody forgotten the main focus behind why Chrome frame could be a good thing? Or maybe all of those big corporate companies who won't upgrade from IE6 (reasons previously discussed and irrelevant here) are just invisible. Yeah there are some potential issues but there is a group of people for whom the benefits would outweigh the drawbacks.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2009 12:54 AM
    Cryogenic: Who uses Linux just because it's free? Linux is for the technically inclined, if anything. People who buy retail PCs get Windows for "free", since nobody asks you if you want it installed on a retail PC, real men build their own PC and install Linux.

    OSX is a real OS? Really? I thought it was just an unusually bad inbred BSD/Linux distro.
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    randomizer , September 25, 2009 2:27 AM
    Linus_McLinuxHorse shit!!! The .NET Framework 3.5 installs an add-in to Firefox that adds all kinds of the IE vulnerabilities to it. This is why I use Linux.

    ClickOnce has nothing to do with IE, it's part of .NET. Wikipedia could have told you that.

    CryogenicBullshit! There wasn't a single vulnerability report because of Firefox ClickOnce addon.You use linux because you're a freetard maybe, and can't afford a real OS? like Windows 7 or OS X? There's no way in hell you use Linux over and non existent vulnerability in Firefox because of a MS addon. That's definitely a lame reason.

    While I agree that it's not much of a reason to switch to Linux, your understanding of Linux (and OSX from the look of it) is below the level where you should actually post about it.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2009 2:33 AM
    I'm not confident in Google to create a securer or better browser.
    I'm with MS there!
    Though,
    I'm with FireFox! No Google there! :-D
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