A year ago, Google announced Chrome Frame, a project intended to bring the standards support, HTML5 features, and speed of Google’s Chrome Web browser to Internet Explorer as a plug-in, rather than requiring users to download a separate application. Now, Google has taken the “beta” tag off and announced Chrome Frame’s first stable release, bringing Chrome’s features—and speed—to Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8, without requiring users to replace their existing browsers.
“When Google Chrome Frame went into beta in June, the team set aggressive goals for speed and stability before delivering a stable channel release,” wrote Google engineers Tomas Gunnarsson and Robert Shield, in Google’s Chromium blog. “After months of polishing, Google Chrome Frame now starts three times faster on Windows Vista and Windows 7 and the most common conflicts with other plug-ins have been fixed.”
Google says it has aggressive plans to enhance Chrome Frame, including improving performance even more, as well as eliminating the requirement for administrator privileges to install the plug-in.