Google undoubtedly has been the biggest contributor to make web faster and reliable. Google code has introduced a plugin called ChromeFrame to add open web technologies and Google chrome’s v3 JavaScript engine to the Internet explorer 6,7 and 8. So it does not matter after how long Microsoft is going to add these features to their legacy browsers as after installing Google’s ChromeFrame your web application becomes as responsive as it is in Firefox or other

With the chromeframe plugin installed web developers will no longer have to wait for browsers to support the new features which they have not got already. Tags like canvas tag in html5 can also be used straight a way if your machine has chromeframe installed.The application in Internet Explorer becomes faster after installing chromeframe.

Getting Started with Google Chrome Frame

All you need to do is type the following tag in top of your html page (inside the head section). When Google Chrome Frame plugin is present the tag is read by the browser and it switches to faster javascript engine. But when the plugin is not installed, the browser simply skips the line, as it does not understand what it is all about.


<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">


You can control whether to start Google chrome frame or no. You also have the option to redirect user to download plugin before viewing the particular webpage. It is more like Adobe flash player needed for videos to play.So if you want such a redirect use the following code.(from


<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">
<script type="text/javascript" 
src=""> </script>
<div id="placeholder"></div>
    node: "placeholder",
    destination: ""


But I would suggest you not to redirect user for now until your application is very crucial to run in Javascript and is facing speed interaction issues with Internet Explorer. But I personally feel that using gmail on Internet Explorer has become faster.


Some believe that it is Google trying to monopolize by taking over Internet Explorer via Chrome Frame. Well it is matter of interpretation, some take it in negative sense and some take in positive. People who are using Internet Explorer all the time and hate its slow page rendering or response time can go forward and install it. It will help them enjoy Internet Explorer more nicely. Google Chrome Frame is just a plugin to make Internet Explorer better.

Stay Digified !!
Sachin Khosla

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