Google Chrome Introduces Native Client

October 5th, 2009 at 12:00 am
 


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Google is really going out of its comfort zone in order to make some headway into the cloud computing game. It has released its Google Docs on the cloud and people have already been using it, although maybe not at the percentage that Google may have wanted. This maybe a big reason why the company is introducing Native Client.

According to the Google Chrome Blog, the new developer version 4.0.220.1 of Google Chrome now comes with the Native Client built-in, although it is disabled by default. To others it might not matter, unless of course they know what Native Client does exactly. And what it does will help make Web applications closely comparable to how your desktop applications may run someday.

Web-based applications simple suffer from poor performance because they only utilize a fraction of the power of the PC’s that used them. Whereas most browsers run on programs with their platform foundations making them run slower than native software installed on individual PC’s, Google is working on an open source version in Native Client that allows the Chrome browser to directly tap into the power provided by the CPU. This would allow Web applications to someday run just as fast as native applications.

Through this, Google hopes that they will be building up their future in a Web platform for new applications. With every improvement, Google Docs may someday become a relevant tool in cloud computing even more and may pose a big challenge for desktop applications such as what software giant Microsoft has long based their business on. Soon enough, the competition between Web-based versus native desktop applications would get pretty interesting now that Google is trying to develop Native Client. Oh, the battle just keeps raging on and on.