At the Google I/O conference Wednesday, VP Engineering Vic Gundotra stressed the supremacy of the browser among all Internet platforms.
As a result, it should come as no surprise that the Google Earth team has announced on the same day that it has ported the Google Earth desktop client’s 3D mapping technology into the browser.
The embed is powered by a special Google Earth Browser Plugin that end users must install. Unfortunately, it’s only available for Internet Explorer and Firefox users on Windows.
However, Google is not offering the equivalent of a default installation of Google Earth in the browser. Users who want to search the globe from square one can still access the 2D Google Maps website.