Google: deploy Chrome browser in your business today

Google Chrome
By Richi Jennings. December 16, 2010.

Google wants you to know that its browser is ready for business. It has new deployment-friendly tools that help IT use Chrome in organizations. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers seem to like it.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention "What learnings can we get today to inform the release?"...


Katherine Noyes has news:

Included among the search giant's new offerings are an ... MSI installer [which] allows businesses that use standard deployment tools to install Chrome for all their managed users, for example. ... [It] also added support for managed group policy with ... templates that allow administrators to customize browser settings with their organization's security and privacy needs in mind.


[For] older Web applications not yet qualified for Chrome, Google added group policy support to its Chrome Frame ... an Internet Explorer plug-in that provides Chrome ... rendering while defaulting to [IE] rendering for any Web applications that still require [it].

Cade Metz addz:

With today's announcement - under the heading "Chrome is Ready for Business" - Mountain View is once again taking aim at Microsoft's traditional enterprise business. ... Internet Explorer 9 - which [will] finally deliver Microsoft from the browser dark ages - won't run on Windows XP, an operating system that ... is still used by 74 per cent of all businesses.
With Google's new group policy settings, you can set up Chrome Frame as the default rendering engine, and you can ... arrange for IE's host engine ... to always handle certain URL patterns. ... Google provides phone- and email-based technical support ... through its Google Apps for Business service.

Sam Diaz sees "the bigger message":

IT folks can not only deploy it on office computers but can also starting testing those Web apps - just in case the company is thinking about switching to the Chrome OS platform when it goes live next year.
The selling point: businesses can take advantage of “improved security and web application performance” without breaking the bank on other expensive software licenses or new hardware. Who could say no to something like that?

MG Siegler, too:

Yes, Google is really going after Microsoft here. They not only want sys admins to replace IE, they want them to replace Windows. ... They also apparently want them to replace themselves.
They’ve been working with several large companies for months on this new type of installation of Chrome. ... Including Vanguard, Boise State University, Proctor & Gamble. ... They note that this is “just the start” of what they plan to offer businesses with Chrome.

Google's Glenn Wilson has the call to action:

Even though the first set of features is done, we still have a lot more we’d like to do ... including more policies to manage everything in the content settings and authentication protocols, and interesting new ways to deploy policy cross-platform.
Please try out the new features by checking out the documentation, downloading the MSI installer, and filing bugs. And let your administrator know to give it a try and let us know what they think.

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"What learnings can we get today to inform the release?"
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