Google Is Shutting Down Google Frame

Posted Jun 15, 2013

Google is shutting down the Chrome Frame product in January 2014.  Launched in 2009, Google Chrome Frame is a free plugin for Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 and 9 on Windows 7, Vista or XP SP2+ that serves as a way to view websites with modern HTML5 elements for older versions of the browser assuming that they have right meta tags.

Google Chrome Frame seems to be no longer needed now that newer versions of Internet Explorer support HTML5.  However, there has been some complaints from people that work at universities, hospitals, and government organizations where upgrades do not happen often.

“Today, most people are using modern browsers that support the majority of the latest Web technologies,” stated Google Chrome engineer Robert Shield. “Better yet, the usage of legacy browsers is declining significantly and newer browsers stay up to date automatically, which means the leading edge has become mainstream.”

Shield recommended that IT managers use Chrome for Business in conjunction with the Legacy Browser Support.  Legacy Browser Support is a Chrome extension that lets you launch an installed legacy version of IE when necessary.