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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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6 Comments
  • This more technical post indicates that the new Edge will be as good as Chrome. And that today, even some Chrome versions (32bit) have issues with the new Earth web assembly. https://web.dev/earth-webassembly/ It does suggest that the development Edge does run Earth ok. (it does - from here https://earth.google.com/web/?beta=1) It's good that Google is retiring it's proprietary implementation of Earth and making it use standard technologies and great that Edge users will soon be able to experience that.
  • The more we all push towards the standard, the better we will be in the future. There will be less monopoly and more choices for consumers.
  • Quite the opposite. We've already got a monopoly (Chromium), and now it's only getting worse.
  • Unfortunately so true, of course they will "accidently" break their sites so that they won't work on Chredge and it will be months before it is fixed.
  • Google will say this now, then every now and then something will break in only non-Chrome, Chromium browsers, and Google will wait and then eventually make a statement saying it was an accident and that they're fixing it, and in the meantime, every time you visit any of their websites, they'll obnoxiously spam you with their "Switch to Chrome" pop-ups, rinse and repeat, over and over, and every single time this happens, some users will get fed up and switch to Chrome, ever-growing their already-existing monopoly. We've seen it before, and we'll see it again, until governments actually start doing something about it. Microsoft never should've adopted Chromium. They should've either stuck with EdgeHTML and open-sourced it, or they should've adopted Firefox's engine instead. Now Google owns the World Wide Web.
  • And we know Google would......WILL, do some unethical stuff like that.