Yesterday Google stepped up their effort to get Chrome accepted by enterprises by releasing details about managing Chrome with group policy and Open Directory.
The details about accessing the manifest can be found here. There are quite a few settings that can be managed with this manifest. However, I was a bit surprised to find that all the settings are managed “Always” instead of “Often” or “Once”. Most 3rd party applications prefer often (including many Apple apps) because the always setting completely disables a configured setting. I hope to see some of these settings also available for “once”.
With this move, this possibly makes Chrome more manageable than Firefox (not including non-vendor manifests/GPO’s), on Mac or PC. Will this be enough for you to start deploying Chrome in your environment? Sound off below.