Google Pulls Chrome Frame Out Of Beta

Google has now released its Chrome Frame as a stable version; this plug-in will allow a Microsoft browser into a Google-like browser.

Users will be automatically upgraded from the beta version - which was released three months ago - to the full stable version over the next few days.

The browser add-on brings newer technologies like HTML5 to older web browsers and has been fast-tracked out of beta faster than other Google services.

Users of IE8 and earlier as well as desktop platforms like Windows XP are the most likely to benefit from the new Chrome Frame add-on.

Google has already said that a number of services, like Google Docs, Youtube and Orkut will be supporting Chrome Frame but not Gmail and Google Calendar, at least for the time being.

Arguably, there have been criticisms, notably from Microsoft and Mozilla, which said that Chrome Frame might serve as a trojan horse for malware and malicious code by avoiding Internet Explorer's security tools.

Two software engineers, Tomas Gunnarsson and Robert Shield, from Google, wrote in a post on Chromium's blog that "A stable release is just the beginning for Google Chrome Frame. We’ve set aggressive goals for future releases: we’re working on making start-up speed even faster and removing the current requirement for administrator rights to install the plug-in. Expect more improvements and features in the near future, as we plan to release on the same schedule as Google Chrome."

Arguably, the more Chrome Frame is adopted elsewhere, the more likely it will be used on Chrome services (and others). To some extent, Chrome Frame mimics the likes of Netcaptor or Maxthon. You can download Chrome Frame here.