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US State Department embraces Google Chrome

updated 11:00 am EST, Fri March 2, 2012

Chrome now used by government, IE 8 coming soon

In a fairly recent question and answer period during a Town Hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed the government offices will move to Google Chrome. Rather out of place, the question was addressed after a snicker from Clinton and more widespread laughter from the crowd, revealing Chrome was already being installed on government computers as of February 14. Clinton did say Chrome won't work perfectly with some of the government's software, so Internet Explorer will still be accessible.

What's more, Internet Explorer 8 will begin being deployed on March 20, with the current plan being to skip IE 9 altogether and eventually go straight to IE 10.

The government staff is reportedly frustrated with the outdated Internet Explorer and its relatively slow performance. Embracing Google's browser is seen as a step forward for the government, which until the Obama administration had been almost exclusively loyal to Microsoft and RIM's BlackBerry. [via The Next Web]

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