Google pushes back hardware acceleration to Chrome 9
Yesterday Google branched off the soon-to-become Chrome 8 code from the Chromium project. With Chrome's rapid version iteration this is no surprise, and it indicates that Chrome 7 should be heading towards a stable, final release. However, according to Cnet, the branching has forced developers to push back a lot of the planned hardware acceleration APIs for things like fancy CSS rendering, large layers and opacity fixes. They join Chromium hardware-based video decoding, which isn't ready for prime time just yet and therefore already Chrome 9+ bound.
Although it might be disappointing to think that all that blazing GPU-goodness might sit dormant while browsing for a little longer in Chrome, Google's version milestones pass with about a six-week frequency. If the large part of hardware acceleration does land in Chrome 9 we should see it before mid-December, at least in the Chrome Dev Channel.