Google is looking at new ways to change this, and has just today launched Chrome Frame – an open-source plugin for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser, versions 6 through 8.
Google note that while Microsoft did not help with the development of the plugin the Internet Explorer architecture legitimately lends itself to this type of application and that Microsoft has given developers a lot of power to extend the browser.
At this stage the plugin can be embedded within web pages and will give the user the option to continue using the regular Internet Explorer engines or switch to Chrome – but only for that web application.
Google has not made a facility which will cause the plugin to become a persistent change, although once it is installed users can invoke it for any site by prefixing URLs with ‘cf:’.
Google hope this plugin will enable corporate developers, constrained by a standard operating environment that mandates Internet Explorer, will be able to write code for “a modern browser that isn’t held back by some of the old paradigms.”
Google also explain they plan to use Chrome Frame to make Google Wave run smoothly within Internet Explorer.