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Google Offers Admin-free Chrome Frame Installs for IE at the Google I/O 2011 Conference

At the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, today, Google developers Amit Joshi and Alex Russell took the stage at a breakout session to announce an important milestone: a version of Chrome Frame that doesn’t require admin rights to install.

“If you’re stuck at your workplace and wished for an alternative to the outdated version of Internet Explorer installed on workplace workstations and if the company only allows a few whitelisted applications to run (thus blocking out the possibility of portable browsers on USB flash drives), you had one option to turn to for improved performance on some of your favourite sites: Google’s Chrome Frame.

That is, if you convinced your local administrator to sneak the plugin into your workstation. If you failed, then not to worry – Google’s got your back with a new dev build of Chrome Frame that does not require any administrator rights to install. (Just hope your administrator doesn’t find out about it and block it.)”

The Google developers on stage did not make clear the technical details of making a working admin-less install of Chrome Frame. Regardless, this should help the 30% of users who cannot get plugins into Internet Explorer on their workstations.

The new addition can be tested in the dev channel build, which is available here.

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