Google, as a practice retires its less profiting services at different intervals – more commonly as part of its spring-cleaning sessions. Over the months, and even years, several Google services have been shown the door. Now another one of Google's services, Chrome Frame, is set to go the same way, according to a post by Robert Shield, Google Chrome Engineer. From January 2014, Chrome Frame will no longer be functional.
Chrome Frame made its entry in 2009, when the number of users using legacy browsers was high. Today though, a lot of us have access to modern browsers that are updated at regular intervals. Chrome Frame is essentially a secure plug-in that lent “modern engine to old versions of Internet Explorer”. This enabled developers to bring better experience to more users, even for those who could not make the transition to a modern browser.
Bye, bye Chrome Frame!
Considering a changed and more modern picture now – more and more people have seen and are now experiencing the benefits of using a modern browser, Google thinks it is the right time for Chrome Frame to make an exit. Shield explains, “Today, most people are using modern browsers that support the majority of the latest web technologies. Better yet, the usage of legacy browsers is declining significantly and newer browsers stay up to date automatically, which means the leading edge has become mainstream.”
January 2014 onwards, Google will stop stop support and updates for Chrome Frame. Developers take note, if you have apps that direct users to Chrome Frame, you should prompt your users to upgrade to a modern browser.
Even as you're reading this, we're inching closer to July 1 that is the end date of the Google Reader. “We launched Google Reader in 2005, in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favourite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years, usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader,” Urs Hölzle, Google’s Senior Vice President of Technological Infrastructure, wrote announcing the move.