Google to offer admin-free Chrome Frame installs

If you're stuck at your workplace and wished for an alternative to the outdated version of Internet Explorer installed on workplace workstations and if the company only allows a few whitelisted applications to run (thus blocking out the possibility of portable browsers on USB flash drives), you had one option to turn to for improved performance on some of your favourite sites: Google's Chrome Frame. That is, if you convinced your local administrator to sneak the plugin into your workstation. If you failed, then not to worry - Google's got your back with a new dev build of Chrome Frame that does not require any administrator rights to install. (Just hope your administrator doesn't find out about it and block it.)

The announcement was made at Google I/O and reported on by TechCrunch. Google did point out that there are tools available for administrators to set certain restrictions on what Chrome Frame can do. The Google developers on stage did not make clear the technical details of making a working admin-less install of Chrome Frame. Regardless, this should help the 30% of users who cannot get plugins into Internet Explorer on their workstations.

The new addition can be tested in the dev channel build, which is available here.

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