Google has published a stable version of its Chrome Frame plug-in. Google software engineer Tomas Gunnarsson wrote on The Chromium Blog:
After months of polishing, Google Chrome Frame now starts three times faster on Windows Vista and Windows 7 and the most common conflicts with other plug-ins have been fixed.
Google applications like Orkut, Google Docs, and YouTube have already begun adding Google Chrome Frame support. Gmail and Google Calendar are planning to adopt Google Chrome Frame in the near future to improve performance and ease the transition for users as they drop support for legacy browsers.
It's an interesting development coming on the heels of Microsoft's popular IE9 beta release. Many businesses still use IE6, which shipped with Windows XP, reports Stephen Shankland at CNET. The lack of compatibility between Windows XP and IE9 creates an opening for Chrome Frame, which offers users of Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 access to HTML5 and other modern Web applications.
The opening isn't without its hurdles. MG Siegler at TechCrunch notes that Chrome Frame requires administrator rights, which many corporate environments don't have. However, Google is looking at removing the requirement for administrator rights, according to Gunnarsson.