Every modern web user knows that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is far behind it’s competitors like Firefox and Chrome in providing best web browsing experience. In order to save the people who are still struck with IE, Google Chrome has released a plug-in that converts Internet Explorer to Google Chrome.
Why a New Plug-in Rather Switching To Chrome Browser?
Does This Mean Chrome Frame Completely Replaces IE Engine?
The idea of Google sounds great. So when Chrome Frame is installed, does it completely replaces IE’s rendering engine with Chrome engine? Yes it replaces but only when it finds the following tag in the headers of loading web page
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">
When Google Chrome Frame detects this tag it switches automatically to using Google Chrome’s speedy WebKit-based rendering engine. Otherwise the web page will be rendered with the help of Internet Explorer’s engine.
My Experience With Chrome Frame – IE is Turbo Charged, But Crashes At Times
As a web developer I know the pain of developing applications for IE. I was excited to see the helping hand from Google and I installed the plug-in without any second thought to try it out. After installation, I opened my GMail account in IE. Boom. IE is supercharged now and it’s opening the web pages as fast as Google Chrome browser. I tried opening couple of other Google services like Google Reader, Analytics, Calendar and the experience is very nice.
Everything was good until I was hit with this crash message of Chrome Frame. Along with the performance boost, Chrome Frame also brings the crashing behavior of Google Chrome to Internet Explorer :). So be prepared to handle unexpected crashes on IE now.
What do you think about this plug-in?