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Google is trying to give businesses a reason to ditch Internet Explorer by giving sysadmins a new set of tools for mass deployment of its own Chrome browser. The new “Chrome enterprise bundle” offers an MSI installer and ADMX templates that let sysadmins apply policies determined in Microsoft's Group Policy Object Editor. The …

  1. Tomato42 Silver badge
    Unhappy

    ActiveX?!

    I guess, "it cannot die what wasn't alive in the first place".

    1. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

      Re: ActiveX?!

      The same goes for silverlight. Dead on Arrival.

      Google :- Always ahead of the game (not)

      1. ArrZarr Silver badge
        Meh

        Re: ActiveX?!

        You say that but then you hit something which uses either of these while using Chrome and it's frustrating as hell. Only reason I have Firefox installed on all my computers is for these situations.

  2. Voland's right hand Silver badge

    All Hail the new IE6

    I am off to dig a bunker.

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: All Hail the new IE6

      At least IE6 didn't slurp.

  3. AMBxx Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Group Policy

    Does this now allow me to block the installation of the Google services that keep trying to update Chrome?

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Group Policy

      Should do.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Group Policy

        There is a console now too if you do not want to use groups... or have more than just Windows. Same console as G Suite, Chrome OS, Android, etc management. Yes, you can stop or delay updates. You can also get access to beta and canary (alpha) builds of Chrome so you can test them prior to putting them into production.

    2. Velv Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: Group Policy

      Yes, it does. And it has done since it was released several years ago, there just wasn't much documentation or support for it, something Enterprises seem to insist on.

      1. Helldesk Dogsbody

        @Velv Re: Group Policy

        Allegedly. It still doesn't work reliably and you have to bodge it in the background more often than not with registry keys. Either that or update the template every time they change the version number. Add on top the fact that it will insist on adding a scheduled task to run the update check as well and now hides that completely in Windows 10 (scripted delete works fine on Win 7, the task doesn't appear in 10 but keeps trying to run anyway) and I have my doubts over whether or not this one will actually function as intended or we have to carry on with multiple kludges.

        With the sheer number of updates released it takes far more time than it should owing to the lack of that documentation or support as you simply don't know what you need to change in the GPO for this version to lock out the updater again. Cue much tinkering and cursing or a deluge of spam from the web gateways as everybody's system tries to check for updates at the same time and all get blocked at once...

  4. jake Silver badge

    No, thank you.

    But thanks for the warning asking.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: No, thank you.

      What are you going to do? IE is going end of life.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hmmm, got their work cut out

    My last employer (financial services) insisted (and still insists) on IE even as it's share dropped below 50%.

    Which is all very well, for internal use. But meant we either ignored the market, or (what actually happened) provided better support for customers choice than internally.

    FFS even Microsoft support Chrome on their Azure config site !!!

    1. Gis Bun

      Re: Hmmm, got their work cut out

      I don't think management cares if it is under 50% or even 5%. They care for what works with they got. If Chrome doesn't work with a company application, they won't allow it.

      Same if they can't manage it well. After years Google finally got a brain and released enterprise tools.

      It is not a popularity contents when it comes to companies.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Hmmm, got their work cut out

        "It is not a popularity contents when it comes to companies."

        End user tech is always a popularity contest. IT can fight it until users are coming for their heads or not, but it is a popularity contest. Remember how BlackBerry was "enterprise grade" with the BES servers set up... then people got iPhones and Androids. BlackBerry is gone. Or when the CMO got a new Mac and IT said it wasn't the company standard. The Mac is now supported. Or when iPads came out and everyone wanted to use them for some reason. iPads were supported, iOS apps were written, etc. Or, if we go way back to the 90s, when Lotus was the enterprise standard but people were using Office at home. Lotus was completely replaced (now everyone is using Gmail/Google Apps at home, so spoiler alert). Chrome is already the majority browser in most enterprises, the users want it, and so I'm sure it will eventually become the standard.

        It does make sense. IT is supposed to be enabling the end users.

    2. Gis Bun

      Re: Hmmm, got their work cut out

      Funny that I prefer Windows Update Catalog when not using IE.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hmmm, got their work cut out

      "My last employer (financial services) insisted (and still insists) on IE even as it's share dropped below 50%."

      Considerably below 50%. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers

  6. Velv Silver badge
    Headmaster

    Chrome has had an MSI installer and Group Policy templates for several years, they just weren't well documented, supported or publicised.

    I rolled out Chrome five years ago as a second browser in a financial services company that was still on XP at the time (and IE7/8). It was locked to prevent auto-update (we distributed updates through SCCM), it directed through the proxy and a whitelist and blacklist for extensions.

  7. sabroni Silver badge

    Use Chrome in the enterprise?

    Well, you'd want the most popular targetted browser on your intranet, wouldn't you?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Use Chrome in the enterprise?

      "Well, you'd want the most popular targetted browser on your intranet, wouldn't you?"

      Well I would assume it is the most targeted browser as it is overwhelmingly the most popular browser on every platform. Which is kind of impressive as Windows PCs default to IE/Edge and most people go out of their way to download Chrome. Firefox is even passing IE/Edge.

  8. Gis Bun

    Errrr. Would you want to deploy a web browser that has had more vulnerabilities than IE for [at least] the last 3 years in a row? See https://cve.mitre.org/

    In addition, before deploying Chrome, you need to verify if internal web based apps work with it and if not, whether worth it to make it compatible.

    Most companies won't give a crap whether it is popular. They do, however, need to figure out if they want to support another web browser.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Would you want to deploy a web browser that has had more vulnerabilities than IE for [at least] the last 3 years in a row?"

    If that is true, not sure, it is probably because Chrome is the most popular browser by huge margins. More users and developers means more uncovering. Same reason why, or one of the reasons why, Windows used to have far and away more vulnerabilities found than any other OS in the 90s... that's what most people were using.

    "In addition, before deploying Chrome, you need to verify if internal web based apps work with it and if not, whether worth it to make it compatible."

    That's why Google created the legacy compatibility mode mentioned in the article.

    "They do, however, need to figure out if they want to support another web browser."

    IE is being replaced by Edge anyway... as long as you are switching anyway, might as well switch to what everyone wants and will use anyway unless you want to police state devices.

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