Google Earth will support all Chromium browsers, including Microsoft Edge

What you need to know

  • Google Earth will support all Chromium-based browsers going forward.
  • Google Earth previously only used Native Client technology, which is exclusive to Google Chrome.
  • Google Earth does not work on the preview versions of Microsoft Edge right now.

Google Earth will work on all Chromium-based browsers in the future, including the Chromium-based versions of Microsoft Edge. Multiple Google services have either not worked or shown prompts telling users to switch away from Microsoft Edge recently. Google Meet stopped working on Microsoft Edge in April, though Google clarified that they plan to support the new version of Microsoft Edge in the future.

A blog post discussing Google Earth (via MSPU) explains that Google Earth original ran using Native Client technology, which is exclusive to Google Chrome. Google is adding support for WebAssembly for Google Earth, which will allow the service to work across different browsers.

The Chromium-based browsers—including Chrome, the forthcoming version of Edge, and Opera—all offer support for WebAssembly (some with multi-threading, others without). Once the new version of Edge based on Chromium ships, apps in WebAssembly will work as well in Edge as they do in Chrome."

Though Google states that the upcoming version of Microsoft Edge will be able to use Google Earth, the developer version of the browser still can't run it. It seems that users may have to wait until the new version of Edge is publicly released to use certain Google services.

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