Perhaps I’m still in a “standardize everything” mood, or envy this new doodad since I’m now using Chrome as my default browser, but don’t you sometimes wish all browsers could do this? Do the same set of things? We’re getting to a point where the level of HTML and CSS support is the same across every browser, so it makes me wonder what’s the next step for the idea of cross-browser compatibility.
It will probably depend on what the web browser means to its various makers. Google has unveiled the Chrome OS, which will run on a specialized version of Chrome. Opera is focused on its “web servers for everyone” feature in Opera Unite. (And Internet Explorer is playing catch-up, mostly.) Browsers are basically the gateways to the whole Internet, but they’ve become more ambitious than that and their vendors will attend to those ventures first before convening to create new cross-platform goodness.