According to reports from Korea, Google has decided to add support for ActiveX for the Korean market rather than joining the efforts by Opera and others to push for open Web standards.
This is quite disappointing, since Google might actually have some influence, considering their position in the market. Then again, Google do not always practice what they preach when it comes to an open Web, so perhaps this move shouldn't come as a surprise.
On the other hand, one could say that Google is simply being pragmatic. They want to enter the Korean market, and doing it by opening the Web would be a long and difficult process. They want to work with the real Web in Korea, similar to how Opera and other browsers support both broken code and non-standard extensions, and they want to do it right now. There's a lot of money at stake here.
But I am still disappointed. We need Google to help the rest of us with proper efforts to push for open standards. Opera has been doing it for years. We've even struggled with compatibility for Google services. There's also the question of how implementing ActiveX in Chrome on a Windows computer will help people with alternative browsers on alternative platforms, especially mobile phones.
I guess we will just have to wait and see how important Google thinks an open Web is. So far, I am not impressed.