September 23rd, 2009
This is very interesting: the guys at google created a plugin for IE that upon detection of a special code on the HTML, auto switches the renderer engine from IE to chrome. I’ve already read before that Google was thinking on how to steal browser quota from IE, and one of the ways was bundling it with their new operating system.
But this is a very interesting move because with this option they are allowing webmasters to choose the user’s browser. Imagine that this plugin starts to become mainstream, and that is not very hard to accomplish if they start to include it on Google Earth, Google Desktop, etc. A lot of new computers already come with Google products installed by default. They are already making it happen on Google Wave!
Now imagine that webmasters start putting this HTML code on their websites:
<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1" />
Given how much the web community hates IE, this could happen. How much browser share could Chrome steal from IE with this? Lets wait and see.