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Google Earth finally available in browsers other than Chrome: Firefox, Edge, and Opera are all officially supported

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    ThatFanficGuy
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    Long story short: Google Earth was restricted behind NaCl, the Google code platform, which allowed them to transfer fully from a desktop C++ app to a web one. NaCl being Google's platform, no one...

    Long story short:

    Google Earth was restricted behind NaCl, the Google code platform, which allowed them to transfer fully from a desktop C++ app to a web one. NaCl being Google's platform, no one else supported it.

    Now that WebAssembly's gained popularity and browser support, Google transferred Earth to it instead of its proprietary base.

    Also:

    Google revealed last year that Earth would support Safari once Apple adds “better support for WebGL2” in the browser.

    I didn't even know there was WebGL2.

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    1. dblohm7
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      Wait 'til you hear about WebGPU!

      I didn't even know there was WebGL2.

      Wait 'til you hear about WebGPU!

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  2. Wes
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    Wow. The massive wasm rewrite has been underway for a long time. I wonder how the performance compares to NaCl. Original blog post Google Earth

    Wow. The massive wasm rewrite has been underway for a long time. I wonder how the performance compares to NaCl.

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