"The release of Google Chrome Frame, a new open source plugin that injects Chrome's renderer and JavaScript engine into Microsoft's browser, earlier this week had many web developers happily dancing long through the night. Finally, someone had found a way to get Internet Explorer users up to speed on the Web. Microsoft, on the other hand, is warning IE users that it does not recommend installing the plugin. What does the company have against the plugin? It makes Internet Explorer less secure. "With Internet Explorer 8, we made significant advancements and updates to make the browser safer for our customers," a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. "Given the security issues with plugins in general and Google Chrome in particular, Google Chrome Frame running as a plugin has doubled the attack area for malware and malicious scripts. This is not a risk we would recommend our friends and families take.""

I, like the myriad developers alluded to in the article, am thrilled that someone (Google or otherwise) found a way to potentially ease the pain of dealing with IE 6 when building websites and applications. However, I had to laugh at the 'newsworthiness' of this article. Really, Microsoft is against installing a 3rd party plugin that will improve the most craptacular 'modern' browser ever? I'm shocked :)!

One last thing ... I just have to call out this quote from the Microsoft spokesperson: "[Installing Google Chrome Frame] is not a risk we would recommend our friends and families take."

I find this particularly amusing because, installing or using IE, plugins or no, is not a risk I would recommend my own family and friends take.

Posted via web from Craig Kaminsky's posterous