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Google has released a new version of Chrome Frame – the Internet Explorer plug-in that turns Microsoft's browser into a Google browser – letting users install the plug-in even when they don't have administrator privileges on their machines.
The new version runs a "helper process" when IE starts up that can then load the Chrome Frame plug-in when it's requested, and you don't need admin privileges to do so. "Yay for clever technical hacks that help users circumvent ossified IT bureaucracy," said one commenter on Hacker News. But admins aren't likely to feel the same.
Google is well aware of this. But the company says that if admins don't like it, they can use separate admin Google tools to stop it from happening.
There you have it. Google has offered a way for users to skirt admin controls. And if admins don't like it, they can put a stop to it by setting up other controls. Of course, many won't even be aware that "non-admin" Google Chrome Frame even exists. There's a reason Google has launched the thing.