Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is playing Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) at its old game. The new version of Chrome allows IT shops to loosen their dependency on ancient versions of Internet Explorer.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers raise an ironic eyebrow.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
Juan Carlos Perez reports:
Google has beefed up the administration and management controls [in] Chrome. ... IT departments [can] apply the workplace configuration of Chrome browsers to...employees' home computers..
Google also announced a new Chrome extension called Legacy Browser Support that...will launch an older browser for certain sites...that run better with a "legacy" browser. MORE
Liam Tung has more on the legacy stuff:
With the end of support for Internet Explorer 6 looming [it's] a fix for businesses [with] old browsers [and] new browsers that don't support old internal-facing web applications.
Chrome LBS...allows administrators to specify which URLs...should launch an older version of Chrome. ... IE LBS...will open older versions of Internet Explorer when needed...and Chrome for newer ones. [It] supports IE6 through to IE10. MORE
Google's Cyrus Mistry cites mystery:
[These] two new Chrome for Business features...make it easier to use Chrome at work. ... When companies use [old] browsers...employees and developers are unable to benefit from the incredible web innovations of the past four, or even ten years.
More than ever, employees are requesting to use their personal computers or devices for work. ... Now, whether employees are working from the company’s desktop or their personal laptop, they will be able to access default applications, custom themes, or a curated app web store. ... IT administrators can customize more than 100 Chrome policies and preferences. MORE
So Todd R. Weiss offers a little context:
The updates are part of Google's continuing effort to attract business users.
In March, Google announced faster Chrome browser performance and improved search on Android and iOS tablets and smartphones. MORE
And Gavin Clarke reads between the lines:
Google...coupled its offer with a snub to Redmond, claiming its once-proud browser has become "legacy"...and not just the very old stuff, such as IE 6. [It] is designed for...up to the latest, version 10 in Windows 8.
Google [is] working to dispel the myth that Chrome wasn’t suited to business. MORE
But Thomas Claburn sees the irony:
Having worked for years to discourage use of Internet Explorer, Google is now offering businesses a way to keep [it] on life support. ...something of an about-face in light of Google's decision to drop support for Internet Explorer 6 in 2010 and...Chrome Frame.
Google's pitch to businesses continues to convince. ... Australia's Woolworths Limited, said [it] has decided to shift to Google Apps and Chrome. MORE
Meanwhile, Landpaddle dons his tinfoil hat:
Google's apparent willingness to support depreciated content worries me greatly. I'm left wondering whether this was a marketing ploy to make IE-depended businesses switch. ... Allowing for browser-specific legacy code feels like a step back from the future and down towards stagnation.
I'm left wary of the broad picture. Please don't hurt the web. MORE