Google's browser comes to Windows 8
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This very early developer version of Google Chrome gives us a glimpse into the future of a touch-friendly Chrome. To install this version, users will have to go to the developer channel and download Google Chrome from there. Make sure to check the box for "Make Google Chrome my default browser" to enable its Metro interface.
This developer version of Google Chrome for Metro will immediately be familiar. It looks almost identical to the desktop version of Google Chrome but simplifies things with a bigger menu button on the top right. From there, you can access all of the preferences and settings that you would get from the desktop version of Chrome. This is where Google Chrome for Metro begins to show its sloppiness. The settings buttons are bigger, but aren't as touch-friendly as Internet Explorer for Metro.
One of the best features of Google Chrome for Metro is full Adobe Flash support. As with all other variations of Google Chrome, Flash is baked right into the browser so no additional downloads are needed. Internet Explorer for Metro, on the other hand, features a watered-down version of Flash that only works on certain sites.
Google's developers have a long way to go to make Google Chrome for Metro feel like a native application. As it stands, this is a very early port of Chrome that hasn't put much thought into design.
- Pros +
- Speedy performance
- Full featured
- Full Adobe Flash installed
- Cons -
- Design doesn't adhere to Metro aesthetic
- Not touch friendly
- English, French
- File size:
- 766 KB
- November 14, 2013
- Google | More programs (137)
- Windows 8
- Browsers > Web browsers
User rating: 73 User reviews
I have lost the ability to have side by side windows, or chrome aside of another program, like word, which I do constantly for work. I can't just minimize chrome to go to another opened program and bounce back into where I was before.I want to back to chrome from the desktop, where it stays in the desktop and doesn't take me into an app
I loved and still love chrome for Windows 8 but the latest update doesn't allow Adobe Flash and YouTube to work so I had to switch to desktop.So frustrating.