Google I/O is currently playing out in San Francisco right now. It’s always an interesting event with lots of new Google products and tools, though this year there have been few announcements which have caught my eye. Till now.
Alex Russell from Google announced today that Google Chrome Frame, the plugin to IE6, IE7 and IE8 which allows users that can’t move away from these older versions of IE to enjoy the modern browsing experience of Chrome, will soon be available as an admin-less install!
Basically right now you need administrative rights on your PC to install Google Chrome Frame. Most users working in larger businesses don’t have those rights so they’re stuck with the browser they’ve got. But soon they won’t. This means if you’re currently shackled into using older versions of Internet Explorer with no way to upgrade or switch to a different browser, you will be able to install Google Chrome Frame without any issue, enabling products like Xero to work at their very best. (Though why enterprises that still require IE6 for legacy apps can’t run IE6 and another browser like Chrome or Firefox as well, still baffles me).
This is big news.
Could this mean the end of the enterprise holding back modern web development? We shall see – but at Xero we applaud Google for continuing to push the web forward for those that are being held back. Well done Google!