I shared this news in my podcast earlier today, but just in case my podcast isn’t the first thing you listen to in the morning, I’m excited about the web version of Google Earth finally being available in Firefox, Edge, and Opera. The Tech Lead Manager and a software engineer for the Google Earth announced this news on Wednesday.
In the announcement that was published on Wednesday there was an explanation of what has made it possible for Google Earth to now run in Firefox, Opera, and Edge. The short version is that Google Earth now uses Web Assembly instead of Native Client which was a Chrome-only option.
Applications for Education
The significance of this update is for schools that would prefer to have only Edge or Firefox installed, but were allowing Chrome for the purpose of using Google Earth can now stick with their preferred browsers.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to use Google Earth in your classroom, watch my video below or check out my on-demand webinar Google Earth & Maps – It’s More Than Just Social Studies.