By including a single tag on their website, developers can instruct Internet Explorer to use the Google Chrome plugin when visiting their site.
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">
There are a couple of problems to the plugin solution Google are proposing:
Firstly, requiring a user to install a plugin to use your website is not ideal, the majority of users would be turned off by this idea. For developers using the canvas element, using ExCanvas is still the preferred option – however considering the canvas element doesn’t work in Internet Explorer anyway if you cannot get your site to work with ExCanvas then Chrome Frame is the next best thing.
Secondly, the majority of users that are stuck on Internet Explorer 6 are not there by choice:
- They are either on Internet Explorer because of an antiquated IT office setup whereby it is enforced that they use Internet Explorer, and they do not have administrator permissions to install anything else – including a plugin.
- Or they are using Internet Explorer 6 because they are still using Windows 95, 98, ME or 2000. None of these operating systems are supported by Chrome Frame so the problem still remains.
Perhaps Google’s time would be better spent creating a version of Google Chrome for users with older versions of Windows that cannot afford to upgrade?