Yesterday, we told you all about the upcoming version of Firefox for Windows 8's Metro environment. Well, we told you as much as Mozilla's Brian Bondy revealed, which isn't a whole lot—the browser is barely a week into development.
Mashable now brings word that Google, too, has a Metro-ified version of its web browser in the works. The site quotes this statement from a Google spokesman:
“Our goal is to be able to offer our users a speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms, which includes both the desktop and Metro versions of Windows 8,” the rep said. “To that end we’re in the process of building a Metro version of Chrome along with improving desktop Chrome in Windows 8 such as adding enhanced touch support.”
It'll be interesting to see who adapts quicker—Mozilla or Google—and whether either firm's browser proves to be a compelling alternative to Internet Explorer in Metro.
Google has quite a bit more experience building touch-friendly software than Mozilla, so if I were a betting man, I'd put my money on Chrome making its Metro debut before Firefox and being better-behaved. Heck, there's already a version of Chrome for Android 4.0 phones and tablets. Metro and Android do have different user-interface philosophies, of course, but I'd say there's already some groundwork laid.
|Qualcomm demonstrates 24-core ARM server SoC||24|
|Archos' GranitePhone is a new spin on the secure Android device||12|
|Report: PC shipments fell 7.7% year-on-year in the past quarter||60|
|Deals of the week: an ultrawide FreeSync monitor and more||20|
|Thursday Night Shortbread||18|
|MSI puts mobile Quadros to work in its WS60 and WT72 notebooks||4|
|HP's Envy 32 display blends FreeSync and living-room DNA||17|
|Prepare for the wasteland with Fallout 4's system requirements||60|
|Green means gaming on HP's updated Pavilion notebooks||19|
|It's almost as if the company held a big event this morning! ;)||+63|