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31 August 2011, 10:41

Non-Admin Google Chrome Frame now stable

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Chrome Frame Logo Google Software Engineer Greg Thompson has announced that the non-admin version of Chrome Frame is now available in the project's stable channel. Chrome Frame is a browser plug-in that was first launched in September of 2009 to bring Google's Chrome JavaScript engine, HTML5 and other open web technologies to Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser.

Previously only available in the developer and beta channels, the latest version of Google Chrome Frame no longer requires administrator (admin) privileges to be installed on a user's system. While the change is unlikely to affect typical home users, in corporate environments most network administrators limit the system privileges of users on company machines and networks for security reasons. The new version will allow these users to install Chrome Frame.

The new stable channel version also includes an updated installer that runs at Admin level by default, falling back to Non-Admin mode if the current user does not have the necessary permissions on their system. Thompson says that "this will allow all users to download a single installer that just works". The developers note that users who have installed the developer or beta channel versions and wish to upgrade to the stable release must first uninstall Chrome Frame and then install the stable version.

More details about the stable release can be found in a post on the Chromium Blog. Chrome Frame is available to download for Windows XP SP2+, Vista and Windows 7, and is hosted on Google Code.

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