Google Tries to Convert Internet Explorer Users to Become Chrome Users

internet explorer google chrome greeting 1 Google Tries to Convert Internet Explorer Users to Become Chrome Users

If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer you may have noticed the message above when you visited the Google homepage. Google is doing everything they can to entice IE users to become Google Chrome converts.

Whoever controls the browser controls a large portion of both the desktop, and the Internet. Maybe Microsoft should consider making their browser lighter and faster.

Short Link - Posted on October 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm (PST)
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Adding Google Chrome Home Button

When Google Chrome is installed for the first time it is missing the home button that many have become accustomed to from Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. To enable the home button in Google Chrome click on the wrench in the top right corner of the Chrome window, and left click Options.

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  • mel
    thanks.Very useful
  • Nerd Grind
    Hello Anders, The following article will instruct you on how to get the Home Button back:

Short Link - Posted on September 26, 2009 at 10:36 am (PST)
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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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Yoono Announces Support for IE – Integration With Myspace

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Yoono, the browser plugin that acts as both a social network aggregator and a media hub, announced today that on November 7th it will begin to support Internet Explorer. The service is also announcing integration with imeem and MySpace. Additionally, they are unveiling a powerful new widget that will help the plugin monetize.

Yoono’s browser plug went through an overhaul last May. The plugin has become a featured Firefox 3 Recommended Download, and has an install base of around 1.8 million users.

Short Link - Posted on October 31, 2008 at 6:09 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.

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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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Add Internet Explorer 7 Icon to the Desktop in Windows Vista

If you’ve used Windows in the past, but are now using Windows Vista, you may have noticed the Internet Explorer shortcut icon is missing from the desktop. The IE (Internet Explorer) shortcut allowed you to launched the IE web browser, and allowed easy access to the Internet Options page by right-clicking and choosing Properties.

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When you right click the IE shortcut you see the option "Start Without Add-ons." This feature can be used for troubleshooting problems with IE, like unexplained crashes which might be related to an Add-on.

To put the IE icon on the desktop you’ll need to hack the registry. We’ve supplied a fully written registry file below to make it easier.

Manual Registry Hack

Open regedit.exe using the Start menu search or run box, and then navigate down to the following key:


ie 7 icon 2 Add Internet Explorer 7 Icon to the Desktop in Windows Vista

In the right-hand pane, add a new 32-bit DWORD value with the following name and value:

Key Name: {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}

Value: 0

Now right-click on the desktop and choose Refresh, and your new IE desktop icon should appear.

Downloadable Registry Hack

Use the link below to download the registry hack file, then double-click the file. The registry information will automatically be entered into the Windows registry. Now either right-click the desktop and choose refresh for the IE desktop icon to appear, log off and log back on, or restart Windows.

If for some reason you chose to remove the IE desktop icon simply right-click, then choose Delete.

Download AddIEIconToDesktop Registry Hack

Short Link - Posted on January 8, 2008 at 8:24 am (PST)
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More Browser Choices

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As if the Netscape vs IE vs Firefox weren’t enough to confuse a person, another browser is being thrown into the mix.

Apple is shipping the third version of the Safari WebKit-based browser overseas to compete with the big boys (IE, Firefox, and Opera) and … on Windows no less!

The Mac-only browser has a 5% market share, and it wants to copy what iTunes did, namely, to grow the Mac fanbase.

Apple claims their browser is up to twice as fast as the competition, and the public beta of Safari 3 is being released today as a free download for Mac OS X, Windows XP and Windows Vista.

So, which one are you using?

Short Link - Posted on June 11, 2007 at 1:23 pm (PST)
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