Developers will welcome both these new features which extend the capability of the platform even if it does mark out Chrome as different from the rest and hence a special case.
The new Web Audio API supports audio effects such as room simulation and spatialization, allowing web developers to create more immersive game experiences. Some documentation and examples are available here.
Such rapid development is good but the downside is that Chrome is increasingly becoming a unique platform in its own right. Are you really going to slap a splash screen in your application that says "Must be viewed with Chrome"? This doesn't seem to be what standardization is all about.
The battle of the browsers seems to be coming down to who can put more new, novel and unique features in their browser so that the others have to play catch up. This would be fine if they all did play catch up but Microsoft seems to be making a virtue out of progressing slowly and sticking to standards. After all IE isn't even supporting WebGL which is a standard so you can hardly expect support for NaCl in the near future can you?
Chrome beta channel
Google Chrome Blog
Talk to Chrome
Chrome 10 arrives
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