The end of brower compatibility problems?

Google has done it again. They had the bright idea to produce their browser “Chrome” as plugin to Internet Explorer, the browser most used by users but also most hated by developers of websites and web application because of the compatibility problems.

Apart from the compatibility, Google Chrome Frame also promises a noticeable speed improvement.

For web developers, once the plugin has been installed, pages can enable the use of Google Chrome Frame almost transparently by including

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

which seems almost too simple to be true (more details).

So will it end browser compatibility problems? Unlikely. But it does give an alternative to supporting IE6. In some cases it may be acceptable to tell IE6 users to install Google Chrome Tab and make their browsing and our web-developing a nicer experience.

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