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#1 Link_of_Hyrule

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 09:44

I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with Google Chrome's Native Client but basically it let's you run full blown applications and games inside of Chrome I think it would be amazing if it was possible to make shortcuts on the Metro start Menu that launched these apps in fullscreen Metro Chrome as if they were just a regular game or application and have a custom icon for each app show the same as it does inside of Chrome. More than likely Google will have to do something for this to work but it would be awesome if someone figured out how to do it right now. Below are a couple examples of Native Client games.

From Dust
So Many Me
Bastion
AirMecha


#2 phailyoor

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 14:15

That's a problem for Google to figure out. It's definitely possible, but it's got to be integrated into chrome.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 15:33

Why would you want this over just making native Windows apps?

#4 phailyoor

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 16:47

Why would you want this over just making native Windows apps?


Chrome NaCl runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Support for android is cooking at google. Windows Runtime and Win32 programs are limited to Windows only.

#5 OP Link_of_Hyrule

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 18:36

Well I'm not really saying replace native windows apps just add extra functionality for apps that already exist or will exist in the future.

#6 phailyoor

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 19:11

More on-topic, can't chrome pin bookmarks to the start screen like metro IE can? If so, you can just pin a shortcut to the URL of the chrome NaCl app.

#7 Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 14:24

It shouldn't be hard to convert native Google chrome apps to a Windows 8 app because Windows 8 supports HTML5/Javascript apps natively. If a developer already has a chrome app, they are in for a treat because they can get their app to easily port to Windows 8 and get in the Windows Store.

Personally, however, I see web apps as being the future. Nothing really can beat the open web in a Utopian society, can it. But we are not there yet. Web apps need to mature more before it can take on Native apps. But let's give credit where it's due. Internet Explorer team has really pushed it by allowing web apps to tap into hardware, such as GPU, to make the experience "fast and fluid". No browsers have done this before IE9, and since then, we are seeing a move to make web apps as good as native app, so in the future, compatibility and platform shouldn't matter.

This is why Microsoft is no longer prioritizing on its propitiatory development language or making its software exclusive to only its platform. Microsoft sees that in the near future, the platform you are on won't matter in terms of compatibility with apps. That's why Microsoft's apps are now more and more cross platform. Microsoft now is rather pushing it's services and user experience. Pretty soon, unlike in the early 2000s, people won't choose a platform based on compatibility, but they will choose a platform based on the ecosystem and user experience.

There you go, that's my two cents.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 08:14

It shouldn't be hard to convert native Google chrome apps to a Windows 8 app because Windows 8 supports HTML5/Javascript apps natively. If a developer already has a chrome app, they are in for a treat because they can get their app to easily port to Windows 8 and get in the Windows Store.

Personally, however, I see web apps as being the future. Nothing really can beat the open web in a Utopian society, can it. But we are not there yet. Web apps need to mature more before it can take on Native apps. But let's give credit where it's due. Internet Explorer team has really pushed it by allowing web apps to tap into hardware, such as GPU, to make the experience "fast and fluid". No browsers have done this before IE9, and since then, we are seeing a move to make web apps as good as native app, so in the future, compatibility and platform shouldn't matter.

This is why Microsoft is no longer prioritizing on its propitiatory development language or making its software exclusive to only its platform. Microsoft sees that in the near future, the platform you are on won't matter in terms of compatibility with apps. That's why Microsoft's apps are now more and more cross platform. Microsoft now is rather pushing it's services and user experience. Pretty soon, unlike in the early 2000s, people won't choose a platform based on compatibility, but they will choose a platform based on the ecosystem and user experience.

There you go, that's my two cents.


Natvie Client apps aren't written in HTML5 or Javascript but rather C++ or many other compiled languages the advantage of running them in Chrome is that they aren't Operating system dependant they run on Windows, Linux, and Mac and also in the future on other hardware architectures like ARM in addition to x86/64.

Obviously they can make them run natively on Windows and most will but just another opportunity to make apps more cross platform. More info can be found here https://developers.g.../native-client/

On the pinning you can pin websites but I just mean basically instead of opening it like a Metro Chrome Window open it in a full screen frameless window and also have a proper metro style icon possibly with live tile animation to go with that. I wouldn't imagine that would be too hard to do.

#9 phailyoor

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 22:25

On the pinning you can pin websites but I just mean basically instead of opening it like a Metro Chrome Window open it in a full screen frameless window and also have a proper metro style icon possibly with live tile animation to go with that. I wouldn't imagine that would be too hard to do.


No.

#10 OP Link_of_Hyrule

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 01:50

No.


What do you mean No? I know it's not possible for an end user to do (unless there is a way to make a shortcut with command line options to do this) But I'm sure that it would be simple for the Google Chrome developers to do it.

#11 phailyoor

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:38

What do you mean No? I know it's not possible for an end user to do (unless there is a way to make a shortcut with command line options to do this) But I'm sure that it would be simple for the Google Chrome developers to do it.


No as in that the limitations my MS make this impossible. Have a nice day.

#12 OP Link_of_Hyrule

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:24

No as in that the limitations my MS make this impossible. Have a nice day.


Explain what you mean by this?

#13 jupe

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:33

No as in that the limitations my MS make this impossible. Have a nice day.



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Posted 08 October 2012 - 16:55

No as in that the limitations my MS make this impossible. Have a nice day.


I'm not sure what you mean by this. Google's Chome browser can pin "secondary tiles" to Start just like IE (and other apps like People, Weather, Stocks, etc). When you click on the tile it can launch their browser to that specific web page/app.

#15 Riva

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 16:58

So Google is trying to push their apps on Windows 8. Interesting. Guess what IE9 does that on Win7.



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