and, somewhat related to the previous post, another approach to tackle Cloud Computing and (in the long run) trying to dominate this field.
Google, presenting the Native Client.
Native Client is an open-source research technology for running x86 native code in web applications, with the goal of maintaining the browser neutrality, OS portability, and safety that people expect from web apps.
As of now, a research project in an early stage. But if this works out, an important step, way more that Chrome was before. If you make the client OS irrelevant, the native client will be the launchpad to the web. But this will be different to what we know. We have to see how this develops. As Google is no charity, it may be another way to create a walled graden in the long run.