Google Chrome For Windows 8 Metro Now Available For Download


12.06.2012

Google Chrome For Windows 8 Metro Now Available For Download

Chrome is the first non-Microsoft web browser for Windows 8, coming with support for the Metro user interface introduced by the Redmond-based company.

Chrome with Metro UI is, for the time being, only available in a preliminary testing version, which is not entirely respecting Microsoft’s design requirements for the Metro interface. Google’s web browser can be downloaded via Dev channel or installed as an automatic update.

In order to be able to use the Google Chrome Metro version, you must install the Windows 8 Release Preview edition of Microsoft’s operating system and set Chrome as default web browser.

The current version, Chrome 21.0.1171.0 uses just a small part of the Metro interface. For example, instead of the App bar menu present in the bottom of the screen that is supposed to show up each time you press the Windows + Z shortcut, you will be welcomed by the regular Windows 7 menu.

Right clicking anywhere in the page will open a contextual menu for you – useful for any time of mouse + keyboard configuration, but still outside Microsoft’s recommendations for the Metro interface.

It’s true, Google promised that the first Metro-style Chrome edition will offer limited functionality in Windows 8 menus, with support for charm bars and the snap view mode used for display more applications in the same time. Until now, both Google’s promises were partly respected, as the search engine giant still has to optimize a lot of features for the Metro stile.

Anyway we should be thankful that this preliminary version of Google Chrome offers integrated support for Adobe Flash technologies. Unlike Internet Explorer 10, Chrome won’t limit the Flash components playback to certain websites that are included on a list approved by Microsoft. All types of Flash content are rendered properly in Chrome for Windows 8.

The final version of Google Chrome for Windows 8 will most likely be available for download in Windows Store, as soon as it will be verified and approved by Microsoft, after the internal Metro compatibility tests are performed.

The fans of the popular Google web browser will be definitively pleased with the current version, as Chrome already comes with support for multiple tabs and has an interface that is similar to the classic Windows 7 style. Paradoxically, these “old” resemblances might make lot of users migrate to Google Chrome, for the simple reason that the web browser is not looking like a standard Metro application and because it is easier to use than a Metro-ish Internet Explorer 10.

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