Google launched Chrome Frame in 2009, when both Microsoft and Mozilla blasted the plug-in over security and browser fragmentation concerns.
Chrome Frame works with IE6, IE7, IE8 on Windows XP and adds IE9 to the list for Vista and Windows 7. It's available from Google's site as a free download.
The end-of-support plan for Google Apps will not disrupt access to its search site using older browsers, or suddenly cause Google's services to stop working in IE8. Instead, new features may not work in the older browser, and content may not display properly.
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