Whether you saw Google’s attempts to insert Chrome into Internet Explorer as genius or evil, both sides just upped the ante.
First Google. OK, technically Google didn’t thump it’s chest over these startling numbers…
But, Google employees were quick to help spread the word…
Jolly good! We can all inject Google’s Chrome into our IE then, can we? Safer than Botox injections, right?
Not so fast, my friend! A Microsoft spokesperson tells Ars Technica:
"Given the security issues with plugins in general and Google Chrome in particular, Google Chrome Frame running as a plugin has doubled the attach area for malware and malicious scripts. This is not a risk we would recommend our friends and families take."
Ouch! With Ars adding a picture of a Smith & Wesson–just for emphasis!
But, let’s be honest. Who’s going to run Chrome inside IE anyway? Not your regular internet user, that is for sure. It’s going to be geeks and web developers–wait, are they the same thing?–who probably know all about the risks involved when using experimental plugins anyway.
So, Pilgrims. What do you make of all this? Should Google even be messing with Internet Explorer?