Google may be building support for Netflix into Chrome OS
Google Chrome OS is basically a light weight operating system designed around a web browser. The idea is that you’ll be able to do anything with a Chrome OS laptop that you can do with a web browser and a Windows or Mac laptop. But right now there’s at least one major web app that doesn’t run on Chrome OS: Netflix.
That’s because Netflix requires the Microsoft Silverlight plugin, which only runs on Windows and Mac at the moment. There’s an open source implementation of Silverlight called Moonlight, but last time I checked Moonlight doesn’t support Netflix — and Chrome OS doesn’t support Moonlight, so the point is kind of moot.
Neither Google nor Netflix has made any official announcements, but it looks like a plugin is being tested on some pre-release devices, but not the Google Cr-48 laptop, which may be an indication that this is supposed to be a secret. After all, there are already thousands of Cr-48 laptops in the wild, so it’d be hard to keep a lid on the plugin if it were pushed to that device.