How Can I Run Chrome or Safari from My Kiosk?

google-chrome-logoLately we’ve been getting a lot of requests to run Google Chrome from KioskSimple.  In response to popular demand we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be adding support for WebKit in early 2015.  In case you’re not familiar with WebKit, it’s the HTML rendering engine used in Apple Safari and a fork of the project is used in Google Chrome.  The bottom line is, if you love the look and feel of Chrome or Safari, then you’ll love WebKit.

Up to this point, KioskSimple has only supported Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.  KioskSimple supports IE by leveraging the user’s currently installed instance and uses that as it’s HTML rendering engine.  Apparently there’s a lot of IE haters out there because the request to support other browsers, mainly Chrome, has been a common one lately.  This has been a challenge, because Chrome doesn’t include a component (like IE does) which we can directly utilize from the .NET framework.

Fortunately, Awesomium has created a really cool .NET wrapper for WebKit which we can directly utilize from KioskSimple.  This means that KioskSimple will support both IE and WebKit in the near future.  If you prefer the look and feel of Google Chrome or Apple Safari over IE then we’ve got you covered.  Please subscribe to the blog updates mailing list to keep current on our latest developments.

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Andrew Savala is the CEO of RedSwimmer, with a background in designing and deploying complex payment kiosk systems. Andrew offers high-value, strategic consulting services to companies looking to develop their payment kiosks.