Google Chrome Frame
So Google made a plugin for Internet Explorer that forces any IE to behave like Chrome, and by doing that rids the world of the evil we call Internet Explorer 6. Just to let you know, saying that name aloud here at the Nivas Office causes spikes to protrude from the walls and impale you in the eyes. No, no, really.
But there is legacy problem with this Chrome Frame that will just prevent it from saving the developer’s ass. And the problem is not Internet Explorer 6 engine or whatever it is that makes it so outdated. It’s what is on the EXTERNAL of that IE6 that counts.
You see, the main reason for people staying on IE6 is that they work in a corporation where IT administrators locked the possibility of installing new software, or there is a global corporate policy that specifically says: “Browsers on computers will be IE6”. Second reason is that people are just not tech-aware and are just afraid to install new software or just do not know how (we, the power users, really take some knowledge for granted – YES it is really hard to install new software if you are someone who uses computer 30 minutes per month). Third reason people do not switch form IE6/7 is that the developers keep supporting those platforms. I talked about that in previous post.
Basically meaning that Chrome Frame can and will be installed only by those people who can, and know how to, install Chrome or Firefox in the first place!
What Google did here is approach the problem from the 100% Engineering perspective. They know that IE6 sucks, so they fixed that by making software. In an older, but still golden, supreme blog post by respected designer Douglas Bowman who worked at Google it is clearly written: “When a company is filled with engineers, it turns to engineering to solve problems. Reduce each decision to a simple logic problem. Remove all subjectivity and just look at the data.” And the world does not function like that.