New Google Plug-in Embeds Chrome Inside Internet Explorer
Want to start using all the websites that take advantage of the latest technologies in HTML5, but can’t move away from Internet Explorer? Google has your back.
To implement it, all the developer needs to do is add one line of code to a page’s header:
<meta equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">
The plug-in accomplishes this engine switching using the IE=EmulateIE7 tag Microsoft built in to Internet Explorer 8 to ensure compatibility with older, quirkier websites.
This is pretty much the height of awesomeness — or audacity. Google wants everyone to start using HTML5 as soon as possible, but IE doesn’t support HTML5 natively. So, the company hacks Microsoft’s browser to run Google’s browser inside of it.
But it’s an especially welcome development to those who want to start using the latest web technologies, but aren’t able to switch browsers due to corporate lockdowns on installing software or other, similar limitations on user privileges on their machines. Of course, use of the plug-in assumes the users can install their own plug-ins, but restrictions on app extensions are less common than restrictions on application installers, .exe files or mounting disk images.
From Google’s Chromium blog:
Here’s a video: