Updated 18 May, 2013, 5:40 pm IST
Google's Chrome browser all set to hit Metro UI on Windows 8
| by Rossi Fernandes |
Google is finally bringing the Chrome browser to Windows 8. The desktop version shouldn’t change a lot, but the big change should come in the form of the browser for the Metro user interface. The next development channel is when we should see the early form of the Chrome browser for Windows 8’s unique Metro user interface. Windows 8, too is almost ready for release, as we’ve seen Microsoft make the latest Preview Release version of Windows 8 available for users to download and try out. This is also a good time for developers and users to check out new apps and software being designed specifically for Windows 8, before the actual launch of the OS.
The browser wars have been on for a while and every major developer, be it Mozilla, Google, Microsoft or Opera has been working hard to dominate the browser market. Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system is expected to launch sometime around October, this year and browser manufacturers are racing to get their browsers ready for it. Google isn’t the only one working towards getting their browser ready for Metro, Mozilla have been preparing the Firefox browser for Windows 8 as well.
Coming to a Windows 8 device near you
Google aims to offer a fast, simple and secure Chrome build for both desktop and Metro users. The Metro version of Chrome will obviously be built for better support for touch devices . There were some doubts over browsers being allowed to run in the Metro user interface. For example, Firefox developer Brian Brondy mentioned the same issue, while trying to develop the Firefox browser for Windows 8. Internet Explorer seems to be the only browser that will be allowed to work in the Metro user interface. Those issues, however seem to have been resolved considering the release of the Metro version of the Chrome browser is really close.
Users looking forward to the Windows 8 version of the Chrome browser can expect to see the same features found on the desktop version and the Android version - things like syncing settings and bookmarks between different versions. Swipe functionality as well as extension support, like the desktop version will also be present. Users used to the desktop version will be able to use a similar browser that they’ve been used to on the older Windows versions.
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