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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.

  • war2k9
    MS please make a better browser.
    Thank You!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • beehew
    Enough browsers out there. No need to use one that looks like a pokemon ball.
  • climber
    MS, "to all our employees we would advise against city tap water, and only using MS bottled water as we cannot guarantee the compatibility with your biological hardware and software"... Seems to me that they are just trying to scare uninformed people from using any alternative besides their solution, even though their solution is a solution of boric acid and bile. By the way, the above quote is not a real quote from MS, it is an analogy for the kind of response they had to Chrome Frame running in IE. Just in case any MS lawyers are reading this... lol
  • Hanin33
    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...
  • unifiedonboarddecoder
    the bitch is back
  • 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...
  • eklipz330
    that's not a cool move on google's part.
  • ravewulf
    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.