Google confirms working on Windows 8 Metro mode version of Chrome

With the release of Windows 8 coming closer day by day, companies are working hard to make their products compatible to Windows 8 Metro UI. Now according to the latest news, Google has confirmed that it is developing a new version of their popular web browser Google Chrome, specifically designed for Windows 8 Metro UI.

A few months ago, Mozilla had also confirmed that they were developing a dedicated Firefox browser for Windows 8. Now with the announcement made by Google, the browser war will continue on Windows 8 as well.

Now that the Windows 8 Release Preview is now available to experience, Google’s Chrome browser for Windows 8 Metro also seems to be in its final stages of development. Via its The Chromium Blog, Google said that the initial releases of Chrome in Metro mode will include integration with the basic Windows 8 system functionality, such as charms and snap view.

Google will make Chrome in Metro mode available to test in the next Chrome Dev channel release.

Over the next few months, we’ll be smoothing out the UI on Metro and improving touch support, so please feel free to file bugs. We’re committed to bringing the speed, simplicity, and security of Chrome into Windows 8, and we look forward to working with you on it, Google software engineer Carlos Pizan said.

Obviously Metro version of Chrome or Firefox will not be running on WinRT, i.e. Windows 8 on ARM processors, by default, as Microsoft is only allowing Internet Explorer to be used as the default browser in Windows 8 Metro mode.

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Susannah Lindsay quit her job a few years back to settle down in a life of domesticity. She has been living in Los Angeles for the last three years, and enjoys following new gadget releases and the latest happenings on the technological front.