Google Retiring Chrome Frame Plug-In for Internet Explorer in 2014
With more people using modern Web browsers today, Chrome Frame has outlived its usefulness, says Google.Google is retiring its Chrome Frame plug-in that allows users of older versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser to see newer content that wasn't built to be displayed on older browsers. The Chrome Frame plug-in will cease to be supported by Google starting in January 2014, wrote Robert Shield, a Google Chrome engineer, in a June 13 post on The Chromium Blog. Chrome Frame was unveiled by Google in September 2009 when "many people were using browsers that lagged behind the leading edge," wrote Shield. "In order to reach the broadest base of users, developers often had to either build multiple versions of their applications or not use the new capabilities at all. We created Chrome Frame — a secure plug-in that brings a modern engine to old versions of Internet Explorer — to allow developers to bring better experiences to more users, even those who were unable to move to a more capable browser." Things have changed since then, though, as more users have upgraded their computers, operating systems and browsers in the meantime.
"Today, most people are using modern browsers that support the majority of the latest web technologies," wrote Shield. "Better yet, the usage of legacy browsers is declining significantly and newer browsers stay up to date automatically, which means the leading edge has become mainstream."
With that in mind, Google made the decision to drop the Chrome Frame plug-in because it has become unneeded, he wrote. "Given these factors we've decided to retire Chrome Frame, and will cease support and updates for the product in January 2014. If you are a developer with an app that points users to Chrome Frame, please prompt visitors to upgrade to a modern browser."