Google posts "Get Your Google Back" Windows 8 page-video

We have already reported that Google has launched a Search app made for Windows 8 that can replace Bing as the default search engine. Now Google has put more of an emphasis on its Windows 8 efforts with a new video and a website with the URL getyourgoogleback.com.

The YouTube video shows how to get the Google Search app for Windows 8 as well as how to install the Chrome web browser and have it as part of the Windows 8 Start screen. Earlier this year, Google released a version of Chrome that works with Windows 8's "Modern" UI.

In a post on Google's blog, the company said:

The Chrome browser is the same Chrome you know and love, with some customizations to optimize for touchscreens, including larger buttons and the ability to keep Chrome open next to your other favorite apps. It delivers the fast, secure web experience you’ve come to expect from Chrome on all your devices.

The video gently pokes a little fun at Windows 8 itself, as it seems to suggest that Windows 8 is not complete without some kind of Google search and browser support. The video even recommends dancing to celebrate putting Google services in Windows 8 once you are done installing Google Search and Chrome.

Source: Getyourgoogleback.com

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why do we need any of these cr'apps ?
whats wrong with using software like we all have been for years ?
Pretty sad the guy above has to wonder how to make his browser open in
desktop mode ? lol saaaad and pathetic.
ya that there is sum real good advancements !
who else but M$ would try and re-invent the wheel ..idiots lol

and lets play with this logic a little shall we ?
lets say these are for the most part valid and useful
(what is formerly is known as Metro now Modern Styles Apps) <-- lol smart title M$
so yeah these are great and what not then why do we need traditional
NON MODERN desktop app anymore ?
Oh we don't ?
Oh so we're dropping open soource for sim kind of closed source dot net style framework ?
Really sounds great !
Can i pay to have my MODERN app certified ?
Awesome do you take Paypal ?

Where do see your self in 5 years is what they said in the board room
and they must have been saying we're going to preserve and promote traditional apps
and add MODERN apps as a novelty that people can choose to use if they want.
We in no way do not way corner the market and control everyone.

The further you dig into this debacle they are pushing out on us all
the more it sicken me especially when people will choke themselves
on eating up whatever they pump out.. sad.

I haven't found a satisfactory way to both configure Chrome as the default browser and have it always open in desktop mode like IE can. I know there are workarounds but that really should be straightforward.

A page on NeoWIN glorifying Microsoft and crucifying Google... go figure!

As far as I'm concerned I hate Microsoft ecosystem. They arrived late at the party and the whole Metro UI sucks ballz. Minimalist is not always better. Google Gmail >> Hotmail. Google Calendar >> Microsoft Outlook. Google Search >>> Bing for results.

That being said, Microsoft 8 experience on a Desktop is crappy, it's not cohesive. Yet I there isn't any real options for people like me that want's to run some software that only runs on Windows. But that is why I spent the other part of my time on Linux.

At the end it all comes to personal taste. Google being on Windows 8 is good, it gives people choice. And that is all that matters.

Sad that on comments slating Google are upvoted... I like Google, my web results aren't that interesting, they can look if they'd like.
At least Google can find the things I want...

Have been running win8 for a few months withouth installing my old google aps and myst say im happy with it, bing and ie10 works great for me and im not even missing my old google stuff. Its up to personal choice what browser and search Engine u want to use but this time i Think Microsoft has made it right.

Thank god. I might be the crazy one (only on this site based on the silly comments) but a lot of people want Google.

But I do agree, nobody's asking Google for this. Because nobody lost it. I don't know anyone in my circle of friends, family work colleagues who even want Windows 8. They'll be asking when they buy a laptop and are forced with Windows 8.

Thank you Google, but it is not needed. I don't plan on upgrading my system to Windows 8.

ChrisJ1968 said,
what a mess. did any of the other windows have this crazy issues at release?

What crazy issues? There's no crazy issues, only Google scared, so they want people to set Google back. The reviews are great so far, so I wouldn't say there is any 'crazy issues'... just adaption to a new style as with any new release.

ChrisJ1968 said,
what a mess. did any of the other windows have this crazy issues at release?

What crazy issues? There's no crazy issues, only Google scared, so they want people to set Google back. The reviews are great so far, so I wouldn't say there is any 'crazy issues'... just adaption to a new style as with any new release.

ChrisJ1968 said,
what a mess. did any of the other windows have this crazy issues at release?

Crazy issues? Like not having third party software installed?

Yes. I would say most versions of Windows, after a clean install, have a distinct absence of third party apps. If, however, you'd like to avoid that, and get as many third party apps as possible with your Windows PC, I'm sure there's an HP for you.

How does this make Windows 8 more familiar. There was never a google app for searching on PC! Not to mention Metro Chrome isn't metro/modern, it's just your chrome fullscreen

Earlier this year, Microsoft released a version of Chrome
Should be Google not Microsoft.

Couldn't find the report problem button anywhere.

gzAsher said,
Should be Google not Microsoft.

Couldn't find the report problem button anywhere.

They moved it. You now hover over the author's name in the top-left of the article.

I'm glad Google released a Windows 8 search app, but if Chrome Metro looks like Chrome on the desktop, I'll stick with IE10.

Unfortunately the "metro" IE looks like crap, too, only the desktop version remains it's slick-looking self. I'll stick to Firefox

subcld said,
not interested im out of google spy land

well that's what you think..

they share a tracking satellite with major league baseball you know!
you might wanna tighten the straps on your tinfoil hat just in case.

the owners of google are gonna retire once they know who has been posting comments on the web.
It's a key part of their secret multi-billion dollar retirement plan.

no offence but people shouldn't delude themselves into thinking
anyone care what your doing..
last decade of computer repairs i can count on my hand how many times i've had any interest in peoples personal stuff.. one was a buddy of mine that was a Leet FPS gamer
whom i found Aimbots/WallHax installed in his CS game folder and the other times we're all when girls "accidently" left nude or semi nude pic's of themsleves in the exact place the told me to go and save their data / pictures etc.
The rest ? couldn't care less what people are doing ..Boring !

I am Not PCyr said,

well that's what you think..

they share a tracking satellite with major league baseball you know!
you might wanna tighten the straps on your tinfoil hat just in case.

the owners of google are gonna retire once they know who has been posting comments on the web.
It's a key part of their secret multi-billion dollar retirement plan.

no offence but people shouldn't delude themselves into thinking
anyone care what your doing..
last decade of computer repairs i can count on my hand how many times i've had any interest in peoples personal stuff.. one was a buddy of mine that was a Leet FPS gamer
whom i found Aimbots/WallHax installed in his CS game folder and the other times we're all when girls "accidently" left nude or semi nude pic's of themsleves in the exact place the told me to go and save their data / pictures etc.
The rest ? couldn't care less what people are doing ..Boring !


as i said im not interested in anything related to google
i don't trust google and i don't respect google

A year ago, I would have cared. But I've moved to bing since then and pretty happy where I am.

Btw, I found a hilarious comment on that youtube video: "thank you google, stupid M$ is making me create a microsoft account. please bring google maps, drive, etc.. to metro because i cant stand using M$ software." --> Lol, if the guy hates using ms software, wonder why he's using windows 8.

Is he aware he can use his GMail account?

aviator189 said,
A year ago, I would have cared. But I've moved to bing since then and pretty happy where I am.

Btw, I found a hilarious comment on that youtube video: "thank you google, stupid M$ is making me create a microsoft account. please bring google maps, drive, etc.. to metro because i cant stand using M$ software." --> Lol, if the guy hates using ms software, wonder why he's using windows 8.

Lord Method Man said,
I wouldn't want Google Search or Chrome infesting my Windows 8 system.

Who in their right minds would trade in IE10 for chrome.. people are nuts.
Even if it is just security wise. Chrome has serious exploits very often, one of the highest rates of all browsers.

Shadowzz said,

Who in their right minds would trade in IE10 for chrome.. people are nuts.
Even if it is just security wise. Chrome has serious exploits very often, one of the highest rates of all browsers.

That is just nonsense. Chrome is almost always the only browser to survive the DEFCON Hacking Conference. In fact Google had to increase the amount of money it offered for people reporting exploits because people were no longer reporting them.

I find chrome pretty cr@p on my a500 tablet (pref the stock Android browser) would would I even consider it for Windows tablet? Like Mapple, Google are concerned of the direct competition from MS, Google are on their second version of a tablet OS and it's still sluggish far more so than Surface RT.

Studio384 said,
Seriously? There was this in the video: "Nobody is looking". Yhe, exept Google...

Forget it Google, I stay happy whit Bing.

Well then M$ Bing is looking you!

Studio384 said,
Seriously? There was this in the video: "Nobody is looking". Yhe, exept Google...

Forget it Google, I stay happy whit Bing.

**** son yoo b keepin it reelz yo

PmRd said,
Look at me I'm Google, I'm so cool with my crappy ad-ridden phones and tablets

WTF does Google's mobile ambitions have to do with this, these apps aren't even targeted at Windows RT. The overwhelming majority of people like to search with Google so they will accommodate for them accordingly.

thealexweb said,

WTF does Google's mobile ambitions have to do with this, these apps aren't even targeted at Windows RT. The overwhelming majority of people like to search with Google so they will accommodate for them accordingly.

I'm just trollin'

thealexweb said,
The overwhelming majority of people like to search with Google so they will accommodate for them accordingly.

It's not a matter of liking. They do because they don't know any other option. The majority of average users are not even aware of bing, outside US at least, e.g. my country.

eddman said,

It's not a matter of liking. They do because they don't know any other option. The majority of average users are not even aware of bing, outside US at least, e.g. my country.


Bing's results just don't work outside the US, might as well open the phone book.

eddman said,

It's not a matter of liking. They do because they don't know any other option. The majority of average users are not even aware of bing, outside US at least, e.g. my country.

What about those that tried Bing and thought - why would I use this over Google?

Chicane-UK said,

What about those that tried Bing and thought - why would I use this over Google?

Yes, what of them? I'm sure they exist but in my country there aren't many of them. There might be more if people actually knew about Bing but few do. So it is impossible to say whether or not the average consumer really prefers Google or simply doesn't know better.

I will say this, in my country Bing results lack localization. Meaing you get results but they're very standard. For example I wouldn't be able to find a national website that collects student assays. So perhaps that is a reason as to why MS isn't pushing Bing as aggresively worldwide as they do in the USA.

I do hope MS will improve search results worldwide to the point where they're similar to that of the USA. Competion isn't a bad thing but right now it seems Google has a 99% marketshare.

Phalanger said,

Bing's results just don't work outside the US, might as well open the phone book.

Bing works perfect here in Canada. Its the only search I use. I used google once or twice when it was new but bing always found me what I looked for so I had no use in switching.

PmRd said,

I'm just trollin'

Stay under the bridge

or bring a big bag of cookies for the short bus kids who spot you
(it's like a Where's Waldo game lol)
HEY LOOK ther's one over there quick point at em !!!1111
I AFOUND ONE OMG !!!111 BANNN EMMEEMMEMMM !!!!!!!!!
OMG TROLLZ !!! imG G MMMoGmG TROLLZZZZZZ !!!!!

lol

ObiWanToby said,
Neither app works on ARM. Pretty sad. Bing is working ok on my surface RT though.

Now do you think that's because Google didn't make it or MS didn't let the apps through yet?

Phalanger said,

Now do you think that's because Google didn't make it or MS didn't let the apps through yet?

If Microsoft was going to hold a version back, it would be the non-ARM version, as that market is what 100,000 times as large right now?

thenetavenger said,

If Microsoft was going to hold a version back, it would be the non-ARM version, as that market is what 100,000 times as large right now?


You can install any app you want on non-ARM (like their links). That means MS can not stop it. However RT is locked out and MS has final say. MS wants to own the RT version.