The Internet Explorer plugin - dubbed Chrome Frame
Microsoft, of course, isn't exactly thrilled at the idea of Google subverting its browser technology - and has made its opinions more than clear. According to an article over on CNet
, the software giant has warned users about the "security issues with plugins in general and Google Chrome in particular,
" claiming that using the plugin "doubles the attach area for malware and malicious scripts
" and renders the browser vulnerable to attack.
The company's statement even goes so far as to say that "this [installing Google Chrome Frame] is not a risk we would recommend our friends and families take.
For anyone willing to take the risk and fly in the face of Microsoft's advice, there are benefits to be had: InfoWorld
Interestingly, the Chrome Frame plugin does offer slightly more flexibility than just installing the standard Chrome browser: sites are rendered using Internet Explorer's own engine unless an HTML tag on the site requests Chrome or the URL is prefixed with the characters "CF:
Do you think that Chrome Frame is a neat idea, or does Microsoft have a point when it talks about doubling the browser's attack surface? Share your thoughts over in the forums