A few days ago Google has launched Google Chrome Frame, an open source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.

The intended purpose of this plug-in to help web developers deliver faster, richer applications like Google Wave. Using Google Chrome Frame, developers will be able to take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer. Developers may choose to use it, but the success of builing an app with features like HTML5's offline capabilities and <canvas> or modern CSS/Layout handling will depend on whether users that have IE will have this plug-in installed too.

I think though this starts a new trend for Google, by helping Microsoft to be more standards compliant instead of waiting for Microsoft to make up its mind. This will also help the addoption of Google's new apps, such as Google Wave, developed based on new HTML5 standards.

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