Early Windows 8 Metro version of Chrome released

As promised a few days ago, Google has now launched a very early version of its Windows-based Chrome web browser that supports the Metro interface in the recently launched Windows 8 Release Preview build. You can download the early build over at the Chromium Dev Channel website. However, you have to set the build to be the default Windows 8 web browser in order to enable its Metro interface.

Obviously, this first public release is an early effort and is not for the casual PC user. The Verge notes that there are a lot of features in this first Chrome Metro build that are missing, including swiping backwards and forwards on a touch screen. It does support Windows 8's share charm which allows people to share websites in Chrome with other users. In its blog post a few days ago, Google said, "We’re committed to bringing the speed, simplicity, and security of Chrome into Windows 8, and we look forward to working with you on it."

It's likely that a final version of Chrome for Windows 8 won't be made available for a number of months, perhaps even after Windows 8 itself is launched later in 2012. Mozilla is also working on its own Firefox port of Windows 8 for Metro but there's no word on when the first public version will be released.

Source: Chrome Dev Channel

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What is the logic in only allowing the default browser to run in Metro mode?

If there are Metro "notepad" editors, can only my default one run in full Metro mode.

I don't get why there is this restriction for one type of software.

I like it! Add the ability to show/hide the Chrome with right-click like IE10 does, and I'll be using it even more.

Though because it's based on the desktop version, one bug is that if you install a theme, window control buttons (min, max, close) show up but only two of them function.

I am not too keen on this first release initially once I installed it I initially got shown this big tab interface and a big black space on the top, I like the desktop interface its fast,responsive and very stable, so would hope that the metro version would folow in the same steps as the desktop version. but I am sure that as time goes on they will stream line the metro version as at this time its quite chunky lol

freedomx said,
I am not too keen on this first release initially once I installed it I initially got shown this big tab interface and a big black space on the top, I like the desktop interface its fast,responsive and very stable, so would hope that the metro version would folow in the same steps as the desktop version. but I am sure that as time goes on they will stream line the metro version as at this time its quite chunky lol

Full screen button still works dude - so use it!

Granted, I think the layout will change a bit - I like it.. I can finally see all my tabs without right clicking in Metro.. and all my bookmarks, just as I like in the Desktop version. I added a clock extension to show the time next to my other plug-ins and now I can finally see what time it is while at least in Chrome/Metro without having to hit WindowKey+C.

Google Chrome on Metro at least makes it a bit more bearable to use a Metro version of the browser on a traditional non-touch laptop/pc. I hate using Metro IE on a regular computer.

Also if you go to chrome://flags you an actually turn the "Metro Touch" layout off and make metro match the desktop almost exactly. Kind of neat.. as if you aren't using a touch computer.. why have everything so big?

Works fine. Pretty much the Chrome I use but with bigger buttons. Getting annoying that I can't have the Metro icon on the Start Page if either browser (IE or Chrome) is not default. When I installed Chrome, the IE10 Metro icon stopped working...

Good thing this is only a preview, otherwise Chrome on Metro won't look that nice, since it's just the version Chrome on the desktop.

I tried the touch flags in chrome://flags in Windows 7 and it looks bad. All it does it make the Wrench menu bigger.

It works fine, though there's still no advantage to running it on a desktop system. In fact there are numerous disadvantages - you can use Aero Snap to run two windows side-by-side; it doesn't import saved passwords with Google Sync; the interface is oversized; and being a Metro app it hides the taskbar, making it less useful to multi-tasking.

It's nice to see it supported for tablets users though.

Still has VERY poor pinch to zoom support. It doesn't do zooming like ctrl++ or ctrl+- but a separate zoom control when you use pinch. It's very glitchy at doing pinch to zoom and there is no easy way to reset it to 100%. Desktop mode Chrome STILL brings up the on screen keyboard if you just tap anywhere within a page. Chrome still has a LONG way to go to have good touch support. I guess I'll continue to use IE for now, it has FAR superior touch support.

DJGM said,
Nope ... still doesn't work in Metro. Only loads the Desktop version.

DJGM said,
Ok ... downloaded the Dev channel version, installed it, set it as default. Well, now there's a Chrome
shortcut on the Start screen, which only links back to the regular Desktop version, but not Metro.

Chrome build:
21.0.1171.0 (Official Build 141382) dev-m

UA string:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2) AppleWebKit/537.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/21.0.1171.0 Safari/537.1

You need to CORRECTLY set chrome as default. Simple clicking "Set as Default" when chrome asks you to do so after launch won't work! Follow the steps:

1) Search from start screen: "Default Programs"
2) You will see the default programs control panel. Select, set default programs link.
3) Choose "Chrome" from the list of apps and click the button to set it as default.

You can now launch the metro version of chrome from the start screen. Note: Metro IE10 will vanish.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

You need to CORRECTLY set chrome as default. Simple clicking "Set as Default"
when chrome asks you to do so after launch won't work! Follow the steps:

1) Search from start screen: "Default Program"
2) You will see the default programs control panel. Select, set default programs link.
3) Choose "Chrome" from the list of apps and click the button to set it as default.

You can now launch the metro version of chrome from the start screen.
Note: Metro IE10 will vanish.


Done all that ... it still doesn't work.

Clicking the Google Chrome icon from the Start screen still launches the Desktop version.
Typing Chrome from the Start screen as a search, then clicking the Google Chrome link
that appears in a list on the right ... the white Chrome Metro splash screen appears for
about two seconds behind the list, disappears to a plain blue background, then it all
drops back to the main page of the Start screen without loading the browser.

Got it working here - I noticed something strange - the share contract works, but for the search, chrome does register itself with the search contract, but it simply doesn't work when I try searching something. Ah well. Must be a beta thing.

Ok ... downloaded the Dev channel version, installed it, set it as default. Well, now there's a Chrome
shortcut on the Start screen, which only links back to the regular Desktop version, but not Metro.

Chrome build:
21.0.1171.0 (Official Build 141382) dev-m

UA string:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2) AppleWebKit/537.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/21.0.1171.0 Safari/537.1

DJGM said,
Ok ... downloaded the Dev channel version, installed it, set it as default. Well, now there's a Chrome
shortcut on the Start screen, which only links back to the regular Desktop version, but not Metro.

Chrome build:
21.0.1171.0 (Official Build 141382) dev-m

UA string:
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2) AppleWebKit/537.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/21.0.1171.0 Safari/537.1

You need to CORRECTLY set chrome as default. Simple clicking "Set as Default" when chrome asks you to do so after launch won't work! Follow the steps:

1) Search from start screen: "Default Programs"
2) You will see the default programs control panel. Select, set default programs link.
3) Choose "Chrome" from the list of apps and click the button to set it as default.

You can now launch the metro version of chrome from the start screen. Note: Metro IE10 will vanish.

Install dev version and set chrome as default.


It works good but seems like it has different profile than the desktop version..
Buttons are huge to help your fat fingers to be precise But on desktop it is a waste . Amazing how Metro is so so anti of the thinking of minimalism for desktops

Further installing a theme makes you think what metro apps basically are ; when you apply a theme , you would see aero borders , and then all metro app concept looks like just another win32 app without any aero borders! I even minimized chrome

Alright this video tells you what i was telling : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSl4aTQ2AHI

Edited by bogas04, Jun 12 2012, 3:23pm :

Detection said,
Yea and doesn't work in Metro unless its the default browser, which kills IE10 metro

That is how Metro browsers are supposed to work by design.

Terracotta said,
Which Windows build do I dL? Does this work on Chrome Stable too?

EDIT: DL the DEV channel now. LOL! Helps if I read!

Got it working! Seems to be just an over-sized version version of the desktop Chrome. All the buttons are HUGE!