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.