Microsoft to Google: Stay Out Of Our Browser!

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
    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
    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
    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
    MS please make a better browser.
    Thank You!
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  • doc70
    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
    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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