"Google's Native Client was released under an open-source
software licence by Google engineers on Monday. It's still in the
early stages of development, but Google says it could eventually
help web developers create web programs that would run more quickly
and feel more like real desktop applications.
"Developers could use Native Client to speed up a photo-sharing
website, for example, so that users could touch up photos without
ever leaving the site, Google spokesman Brad Chen wrote on a
company blog. "Modern PCs can execute billions of instructions per
second, but today's web applications can access only a small
fraction of this computational power," he said."