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Chromium-based Microsoft Edge users who try to use Google Earth are welcomed by an error message and a link directing them to download Google's Chrome web browser. This might be a surprise for some given that the new Edge uses the same HTML engine as Chrome and that, after 12 years of being a cross-platform desktop application, Google Earth has been converted into a web app which should allow users to "explore worldwide satellite imagery and 3D buildings and terrain for hundreds of cities," according to its website. At the moment though, when users try to launch the Google Earth web app in Microsoft's new Chromium Edge, they get the following error: "Aw snap! Google Earth isn't supported by your browser yet. Try this link in Chrome instead. If you don't have Chrome installed, download it here. Learn more about Google Earth." As Microsoft Edge Product Manager Eric Lawrence explained in a Twitter thread following user reports the issue stems from the fact that the Chromium-based Edge browser does not ship with the Portable Native Client (PNaCl) component, the architecture-independent version of Native Client (NaCl) which was used by Google when converting Earth into a web app during 2017. Google updated its company-wide UA sniffer code last week to recognize Chromium-based Edge as its own browser instead of lumping it in with "Chrome." Some Google products have an explicit allow-list of supported browsers, and those products didn't all update their allow list to say "Oh, and new Edge is fine too." Get better informed by visiting OUR FORUM.

 

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