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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Using Google Earth on More Browsers

In its earlier days we built some training systems that used Google Earth as a hack for backgrounds to show how we manufactured, shipped and sold goods worldwide.  But they would only run on some  browsers.  Google has expanded the range of possibilities for such application.  I consider Google Earth to be an amazing thing for geography understanding.

It took Google three years to add Firefox, Edge and Opera support to Google Earth    by Martin Brinkmann in gHacks

When Google unveiled the new Google Earth back in 2017, it switched Google Earth from being a desktop application to a web application. The company made Google Earth Chrome-exclusive at the time stating that the company's own Chrome browser was the only browser to support Native Client (NaCl) technology at the time and that the technology "was the only we [Google] could make sure that Earth would work well on the web".

The emergence of new web standards, WebAssembly in particular, allowed Google to switch to the standard supported by other browsers. The company launched a beta of Google Earth for browsers that support WebAssembly, Firefox, Edge and Opera are mentioned specifically six months ago.

Today, Google revealed that it has made Google Earth available officially for the web browsers Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), and Opera. ... "

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