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Thursday, 24 September 2009 17:35

We give up on Internet Explorer say Google Wave team

Google's new Chrome Frame product is touted as an unobtrusive way for web apps to use Chrome’s rendering and JavaScript engines within Internet Explorer. Yet, what was the reason for bringing it to light? The Google Wave team have spoken out damning Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser.

Google announced Chrome Frame yesterday, a free and open source plugin for Internet Explorer.

Chrome Frame allows web apps to give Internet Explorer users the choice of running the application using Internet Explorer’s normal built-in mechanisms or to outsource these to Google’s own Chrome web browser engines but still within the Internet Explorer environment and user interface.

Yesterday Google downplayed the motivations behind Chrome Frame stating that they “want web applications to get into businesses, but these work best in a modern browser with fast JavaScript support. Internet Explorer is not known for either of these traits.”

Now the team behind Google Wave, Google’s next-gen e-mail replacement for the modern era, have been more vocal effectively stating that Internet Explorer is simply too archaic.

Google explains in a blog posting that Google Wave depends on strong JavaScript and Document Object Model (DOM) rendering performance to provide a desktop-like experience in the browser.

Yet, Google assert, Internet Explorer has not kept up with recent developments in Web technology. The Google team claim Internet Explorer’s JavaScript performance is many times slower than that of Firefox 3.5, Google’s own Chrome browser and Apple’s Safari 4. Additionally, Google state Internet Explorer’s support for the HTML 5 standard is also far behind these browsers.

The Google Wave team explain they have spent countless hours solely on improving the Google Wave experience within Internet Explorer but have decided to just cut their losses.

By producing Chrome Frame future development effort can be expended solely in core development for all users, but without leaving Internet Explorer users behind.

Meanwhile, Microsoft have hit back by stating that Chrome Frame bypasses Internet Explorer 8's new enhanced security features. Consequently, Microsoft's view is that using Chrome Frame will make Internet Explorer less secure.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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