Google has indicated that it will support the application programming interface (API) for Pointer Events, a standard that aims to support both touch and mouse navigation.
Pointer Events, used in Internet Explorer and cooked up by Microsoft, could become a standard. Pointer Events is supported by Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera, but Google had been on and off about the API and Apple has its own Touch Events.
In a development group, reps from the Chromium project noted:
Last year we announced that, despite our involvement in the Pointer Events standard, we were going to focus on incremental improvements to existing APIs (like Touch Events), rather than implement Pointer Events in Chromium. Since then we've received a steady stream of feedback from web developers, framework authors, and other browser vendors indicating that they see Pointer Events as a highly valuable addition to the platform. Since we're committed to a web platform which evolves collaboratively through open discussion and data from real-world development, we need to take this feedback very seriously.
While the technical details are a bit wonky, one takeaway is that Google thinks that something Microsoft developed isn't half bad.
Google noted that it still has some technical issues ahead, but noted browser performance hasn't been hurt by IE supporting both Touch Events and Pointer Events.