Last Tuesday, Google released the early version of Chrome Frame. Google Chrome Frame is an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer. In short, it makes IE run faster and sort of preps it for the release of new and rather cool Google apps such as Wave. Here's the video courtesy of Google:
Sounds cool, right?
However and quite interestingly, Microsoft - maker of Internet Explorer - doesn't seem to be all too happy with it. In fact, a Microsoft spokesperson even went as far are telling ArsTechnica:
'With Internet Explorer 8, we made significant advancements and updates to make the browser safer for our customers [...] 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.'
Wow. IMO, that's a bit over the top -- especially when you consider that Google Chrome Frame is also being offered to supposedly less secure versions of IE, i.e. IE6 and IE7. But yes, I think I understand why Microsoft sees Google Chrome Frame as a threat to IE's security.