Google Chrome Frame Works Around Stubborn Microsoft

On Tuesday Google introduced Google Chrome Frame that is an open source plug-in that bring HTML5, and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.

With Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer. From a faster Javascript engine, to support for current web technologies like HTML5’s offline capabilities and <canvas>, to modern CSS/Layout handling, Google Chrome Frame enables these features within IE with no additional coding or testing for different browser versions.

To start using Google Chrome Frame, all developers need to do is to add a single tag:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">

When Google Chrome Frame detects this tag it switches automatically to using Google Chrome’s speedy WebKit-based rendering engine. It’s that easy. For users, installing Google Chrome Frame will allow them to seamlessly enjoy modern web apps at blazing speeds, through the familiar interface of the version of IE that they are currently using.

For WordPress users there is a plug-in that helps with Google Chrome Frame integration, which really isn’t necessary since it’s easy to simply add the tag above.

Herein lies the problem. Web site visitors are redirected from the web site homepage to a plug-in download page. Most people won’t have a clue what Google Chrome Frame is, so they’ll be unlikely to download and install something they know nothing about.

Even though the Google Chrome web browser is faster than Internet Explorer, most people continue to use the slower Internet Explorer because they are familiar with it. For most people easier is better.

If Google really wants to get people to adopt new technologies to improve the Internet, they’ll need to convince companies like Microsoft to move ahead at the speed of technology. Since Microsoft is so reluctant to do anything "open source" Google is having a tough time, so they are appealing to developers (documentation here), and Internet surfers to pressure Microsoft, or work around Microsoft by trying to get a grass roots ground swell of support from developers and Internet surfers.

Microsoft is also introducing their own header tags for developers to add to their websites to be able to continue to have Internet Explorer 8 render their web sites in Internet Explorer 7 mode.

We want to see push technology that makes web site development easier for developers, so their web sites will render properly in any web browser using web hooks in their web site.

It seems unlikely that a web site owner will risk alienating their readers by redirecting them to a plug-in install page that they must install to view the web site. While we think Google Chrome Frame is a great idea, how it is integrated into an Internet surfer’s life will decide if this project succeeds or fails.

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  • Horia Dragomir
    I\'ve been pondering how obtrusive the pop-up really is; the redirect, as well. I\'m thinking of extending the plugin so that ...

Short Link - Posted on September 25, 2009 at 10:10 am (PST)
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PS3 Browser is Faster than IE7

sony ps3 PS3 Browser is Faster than IE7

Sony boasts that after the firmware 2.5 update, the PlayStation 3 internet browser blows away Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7. They admit that they are still slower than Google’s Chrome, but the claim is definitely impressive, or sad depending on how you look at it.

The update also bring Flash and Javascript to the console’s browser.

Short Link - Posted on October 28, 2008 at 7:04 am (PST)
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Internet Explorer 7 Hangs Preparing to Copy

Since the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft has been aware of a problem affecting downloads using their web browser. Internet Explorer in Windows Vista will hang after it downloads a file, and begins to copy that file to the folder location. The same problem does not exist if Run is chosen rather than Save Target As when downloading a file. I have been having this problem myself, and have had my computer come to an almost grinding halt for sometimes 15 minutes when the Preparing to Copy function hangs. Here’s the window I see:

download and copy hang Internet Explorer 7 Hangs Preparing to Copy

Here’s how Microsoft describes the problem in their August 29, 2007 Article ID : 931770:

On a Windows Vista-based computer, when you try to copy files from a server on a network, the copy process may stop responding (hang), and you may receive a message that resembles the following:

Calculating Time Remaining
0 minutes remaining

This problem may occur only occasionally.

That’s really downplaying the problem. This happens to me 100% of the time when I download a file using Internet Explorer. I’ve tried Firefox, and had zero problems downloading files, so it’s not a Vista problem it’s an Internet Explorer 7 problem. I prefer to use Internet Explorer because it renders web pages better, but if you want to try Firefox you can click here to download it.

I filled out a form to get a hotfix from Microsoft, downloaded and installed the hotfix, but it didn’t work. I found a ton of other discussions that said the fix hasn’t worked for anyone. The hotfix files available are named Windows6.0-KB931770-x86.msu and Windows6.0_KB931770_x64.msu, for 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Vista. After installing the hotfix I couldn’t uninstall it, so I had to use System Restore to get rid of it. I wouldn’t want to find out later the hotfix introduced bugs of its own. It amazes me that Microsoft has not fixed this problem that has existed since the release of Vista. My suspicion is they won’t fix the problem until the first service pack release. I’m not willing to wait that long, but I still want to use IE 7. Fortunately, there is a solution to work around the download hang. The solution is called Internet Download Manager.

Internet Download Manager (IDM) runs as its own program showing only a green arrow icon in the tray, and IDM installs a plugin for IE that works automatically each time you download a file. In the main program window you can go into Options and choose to include, or exclude different file types that will be downloaded using Internet Download Manager. This program will also integrate with just about any other web browser as well, and with features like auto-resume on downloads, Internet Download Manager does have advantages that web browsers do not. Without this work around, this hang bug could have caused as many hours of lost productivity as spam.

Click here to download Internet Download Manager, and start enjoying Windows Vista again. I no longer see the Preparing to Copy message, because IDM handles all of my downloads now.

After IDM is installed you’ll only see the window below, but you can access the program to make changes to the configuration.

internet download manager 2 Internet Explorer 7 Hangs Preparing to Copy

The window you see below is the main program window for IDM. You can access this window by clicking on the windows button in the bottom left corner of your screen, then All Programs, and finally clicking Internet Download Manager.

internet download manager 1 Internet Explorer 7 Hangs Preparing to Copy

I used IDM many years ago, and thought it was useless since IE could already do downloads on its own, but after experiencing the Preparing to Copy hang bug, and seeing that Microsoft won’t fix it anytime soon, I’ve come to appreciate a program helper like IDM again. If this bug affects you, don’t keep wasting your time looking to fix IE, just click here and download Internet Download Manager. Once Microsoft releases their first Windows Vista service pack, IE might get fixed. IDM has features however, that IE will never have, and it has a very low memory footprint, so you might just want to keep using IDM. Best of all IDM is free.

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  • Chris
    Yea, I tried downloading this off Internet Explorer 7, but the download hangs. I tried downloading firefox to be done ...
  • Phule
    I\'d love to try it.. but it hangs when i try to d/l it.. go figure.

Short Link - Posted on January 13, 2008 at 12:14 am (PST)
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