Chrome, too, is coming to Metro

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.

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    • ronch
    • 7 years ago

    Heck, EVERYONE is coming to The Metro! It’s not like anybody who cares about living through the Win8 era has any other choice…

    • Helmore
    • 7 years ago

    Google might have more experience building touch-friendly software than Mozilla, but Mozilla isn’t without any experience. You do have Firefox for Android for example: [url<]https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.mozilla.firefox&hl=en[/url<]

    • Farting Bob
    • 7 years ago

    If they include a simple option in the settings to disable metro completely and use the UI that is actually good for anybody who isnt using a touch screen then i may buy win8. If they still try to force this pointless UI as the default that messes with your ability to use your PC as a PC then i will use win7 until they make an OS that does allow that, even if that means an XP-sytle duration.

    Sure make a fancy start menu, but after that, there is no reason why metro should demand that programs be specifically written for it.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    You know what… the more I learn about Windows 8, the MORE I actually like it. The one thing that bothers me is some of the store rubbish in metro… but in reality nothing has changed and this is still the same Windows 7/Vista we all know and love just refined a bit further.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      Have you actually used that thing? I urge you to try… It nothing, nothing like Windows7.

        • Rand
        • 7 years ago

        I would actually love Windows 8 if it was Win7 with Metro bolted on, that’s far from the truth however. Even if you try to work exclusively in the desktop it’s a punishing experience. This is in no way Windows 7, and no matter how hard you try it will never work like it.

          • indeego
          • 7 years ago

          Windows 8 Consumer Preview != all desktop editions of the Operating System, and is NOT a final Operating System.

      • xeridea
      • 7 years ago

      The more I learn about Windows 8, the more I hate it. Metro is so gawd awful ugly I can’t see how anybody could like it. Tiles suck, WP7 sucks horribly. You can use it in desktop mode, but don’t get a Start menu… unless you get the Stardock one, which is themed after the huge eyesore Metro.

      Seriously, does no one at MS realize that Metro is so awful looking?

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        i love it. it’s the prettiest.

          • Meadows
          • 7 years ago

          Aww, you’re just saying that.

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    Who cares about Metro. NO ONE WILL BUY IT. Why pay to upgrade from 7 to 8. 8 is for tablets and ultrabooks. Why would u buy a Metro tablet?

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 7 years ago

      Ladies and gentlemen, behold, the technology enthusiast! Wait…

      • Corrado
      • 7 years ago

      I beg to differ. A lot of people will buy it. They may not like it, but they’ll buy it and use it.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      Metro on a laptop (ultrabook, netbook, thinkbook, …) would be horrible, unless its a laptop that flip into a tablet. Then Windows8 is absolutely perfect.(No sarcasm)

      • xeridea
      • 7 years ago

      Metro is for those born without eyes, so they won’t get burned by the gawd awful tiles.

      Win7 for PCs, Android for phones, Tablets are only for certain niche cases, otherwise they are pointless. I can’t tell what I would burn first, a metro tablet or an ipad.

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    So far on windows8 I prefer Chrome over IE10. Chrome also feel more responsive.
    For some reason IE10 scrolling feeling like their is a lag that is not present with Chrome.

    I also like the fact that Chrome come with WebGL and Flash 11 ‘built’ in.

      • xeridea
      • 7 years ago

      IE is for those who like their browser to be 3-5 years behind (even on fresh release), have 0 features, terrible interface, and totally buggy. IE9 at long last almost renders pages correctly. IE10 to be released ages from now, finally gets a spellchecker, which has been in every other browser for like 8 years. It still doesn’t have standard support for HTML5. IE never gets new features, just get around to implementing ones that have been in the wild for several years. Lets not even get started on security.

        • indeego
        • 7 years ago

        [i<]> doesn't have standard support for HTML5.[/i<] Gosh Golly Gee...I wonder why.

        • Flying Fox
        • 7 years ago

        You talking IE6?

          • Grigory
          • 7 years ago

          Don’t feed the trolls, please.

          • xeridea
          • 7 years ago

          No, IE6 is deplorable, IE7 and IE8 are better, but still have massive amounts of rendering errors, requiring IE-X only stylesheets to hack around the glitches with other glitches that shouldn’t happen. I would know, I am a web developer.

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            Proof that you’re talking out of your ass: IE7 is the [u<]same[/u<] Trident engine with a more complicated, bogged-down UI that debuted "tabs". IE8 was the first step forward. To claim that IE7 is "better than" IE6 is like claiming that pancakes are better than flapjacks.

            • no51
            • 7 years ago

            hotcakes > pancakes > flapjacks

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 7 years ago

            johnny cakes > *

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