Google is experimenting with Chrome for running it in the Windows 8 Metro environment. The feature from the Chrome developer channel and is available for testing on the Windows 8 Release Preview.
Microsoft has created a special class of hybrid application specifically for browser vendors that will allow them to support both Metro and the traditional desktop with a single program.
Chrome developer build for the Windows 8 Release Preview installed in VirtualBox works with the same user interface and behavior that users are accustomed to under previous versions of Windows.
If you use the relevant button in the browser’s settings to make Chrome the platform’s default browser, Windows 8 displays a simple prompt asking for confirmation. The prompt lists the installed hybrid browsers and indicates that Internet Explorer is your current default.
After setting Chrome as the default browser, you can launch its Metro interface from the Metro environment by clicking its icon in the launcher. Chrome’s Metro front-end is still a work in progress and it doesn’t yet conform with the Metro look and feel. It currently uses a direct adaptation of Chrome’s standard appearance on the desktop.
Chrome’s distinctive curved tabs appear at the top of the screen, over the standard navigation toolbar. On the right-hand side of the browser’s Omnibar is a menu button. Instead of using Chrome’s standard wrench icon, it uses three horizontal lines.
The user can have one regular browser window and one Incognito browser window open at the same time. The user can switch between them by clicking an icon in the top right-hand corner. The menu still has the standard New Window item, but it’s currently wired up to create a new tab.
The Metro support that Google is offering today in the Chrome developer channel is ok for a beginning.
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