Surprise! Google also developing Chrome for Windows 8

If you were expecting Google to sit out and not develop a browser for the Metro environment in Windows 8, well we have news for you. An unnamed spokesperson has told Mashable that Google is developing a browser for the Metro environment.

This information, as you would expect, is not all that surprising considering Google is actively pushing its Chrome browser over Firefox and IE. With Google onboard for a Metro style app, the proliferation of critical applications for Microsoft’s new environment should be able to win over a few Google addicts who prefer Chrome to IE or Firefox.

While not a major announcement, as each key player in the industry attaches to the Metro environment, it will help to ease users into the new interface as their familiar apps will already be available.

So, while Google announcing Chrome for the Metro environment is not a major surprise, it is encouraging to hear another major vendor in the industry adapting to Microsoft’s new strategy.

Windows 8 has received positive and negative remarks from across the industry and the verdict is still out if Microsoft has a homerun or a strikeout on its hands. But, until the product hits RTM, the platform is subject to change, so making a firm decision at this point, may be a bit premature. 

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I wonder if Chrome Metro will support/have Flash built-in. I think that would be a great feature!

So far the only desktop program that I've installed on Windows 8 is Chrome.

I just hope, though, that Chrome desktop will support taskbar previews, something that Chrome on Windows 7 doesn't.

Now if Firefox and Chrome's Metro avatars also support addins, wonder what people will choose. Choice=winner, no choice/customization=loser.

techguy77 said,
What's wrong with Desktop version of Chrome?

Nothing. But if you bought Windows 8, wouldn't you want the Metro App instead of an Application that runs on the Desktop App? Chrome will still be developed for the desktop, Google is just making one that runs on Metro as well.

bdsams said,
That noise you hear is the massive WOOOOOOSH as the subtle joke went over many heads at once.
While I understood the joke, as a writer you of all people should know that getting sarcasm to cross the Internet is difficult. Plus, not everyone understands sarcasm for some reason...

cck_my said,
Why suprise? most downloaded Chrome is which platform? Android?

Chrome is not on Android (unless you have ICS). The default Android browser is "Android Browser".

UndergroundWire said,

Chrome is not on Android (unless you have ICS). The default Android browser is "Android Browser".

That's why I'm surprise why the writer so surprise!

cck_my said,

That's why I'm surprise why the writer so surprise!

The writer isn't surprised... you really should learn to recognise sarcasm

Astra.Xtreme said,
Wow, this is incredible news! If Mozilla announces Firefox for Windows 8, I think I'm going to lose it.

You were being sarcastic correct? Obviously, Mozilla already announced that intent. lol

Astra.Xtreme said,
Wow, this is incredible news! If Mozilla announces Firefox for Windows 8, I think I'm going to lose it.

They already did! Try to hold it!

Astra.Xtreme said,
Wow, this is incredible news! If Mozilla announces Firefox for Windows 8, I think I'm going to lose it.

Haha! Damn, looks like I'm late to the game.

dotf said,
WebM+Metro=WIN!

THIS. With all these plugin-free metro browsers comin' along, hopefully I can Youtube without having to go into desktop mode!

FalseAgent said,

THIS. With all these plugin-free metro browsers comin' along, hopefully I can Youtube without having to go into desktop mode!

IE10 is going to be plugin free. Think I must've missed the announcement saying Firefox and Chrome will be plugin free too.

TCLN Ryster said,

IE10 is going to be plugin free. Think I must've missed the announcement saying Firefox and Chrome will be plugin free too.


I'm just assuming that Chrome Metro and Firefox Metro are going to be plugin-free. I don't picture either of them supporting flash in Metro, especially chrome, it has WebM support for videos, the so-called standard that google is pushing on youtube. Now is the perfect time to drop flash support.

If Chrome and Firefox develops Metro apps, most developers will do the same and not only for browsers. That's the thing.

I hope Google modifies Chrome to support directwrite. IE and Firefox have such beautiful fonts, while Chrome is just left behind. I guess it was because of the sandbox that Chrome implements.

Dot Matrix said,
Because Google could care less about Windows.

So...the point still stands? How is this a surprise if Google are interested in Windows?

Or did you mean that they couldn't care less about Windows? If that's what you meant then I would argue that point because Google still develop Chrome for Microsoft's previous operating systems, so it makes sense that they would be developing something for the next OS...

Intrinsica said,

Google still develop Chrome for Microsoft's previous operating systems, so it makes sense that they would be developing something for the next OS...

Bingo. Why would a company NOT develop an app/update for an OS that will run on millions of computers?

ahhell said,

Bingo. Why would a company NOT develop an app/update for an OS that will run on millions of computers?

Yeah so that's not a surprise then. The author was trying to be sarcastic.

Edited by UndergroundWire, Mar 13 2012, 3:06pm :

Intrinsica said,

So...the point still stands? How is this a surprise if Google are interested in Windows?

Or did you mean that they couldn't care less about Windows? If that's what you meant then I would argue that point because Google still develop Chrome for Microsoft's previous operating systems, so it makes sense that they would be developing something for the next OS...

What I was trying to say was, Google treats Windows users as second class citizens. Especially after China forced their way onto it's systems, Google pretty much denounced Windows and its users even though it was a Google employee who carelessly left a shoddy XP system connected to the net.

Dot Matrix said,
What I was trying to say was, Google treats Windows users as second class citizens.
I know what you mean. I wish I was able to download Google Earth, Picasa, SketchUp and Chrome for Windows. I wish every time I browsed to Google.com and Gmail that it wouldn't give me some dumb downed version because it detects I have a Windows PC.

UndergroundWire said,
I know what you mean. I wish I was able to download Google Earth, Picasa, SketchUp and Chrome for Windows. I wish every time I browsed to Google.com and Gmail that it wouldn't give me some dumb downed version because it detects I have a Windows PC.

That's not what I mean. -_- Put it this way, if there wasn't Firefox for Windows 8, there would be no Chrome for Windows 8. This wasn't Google going "oooh! Metro!", this was them going "Oh, ****! Firefox!? That'll be the day!"

Dot Matrix said,

That's not what I mean. -_- Put it this way, if there wasn't Firefox for Windows 8, there would be no Chrome for Windows 8. This wasn't Google going "oooh! Metro!", this was them going "Oh, ****! Firefox!? That'll be the day!"

Ahh, gotcha! That makes more sense. I didn't figure you for a fool.

UndergroundWire said,

Ahh, gotcha! That makes more sense. I didn't figure you for a fool.


Some just want to troll.. ignore the poster

still1 said,

Some just want to troll.. ignore the poster

Not trolling. Think about it, their software is some of the most poorly coded junk out there... Google Earth is crash prone, and SketchUp STILL doesn't play nice with any IE past IE6. If Firefox wasn't coming to Metro, you *really* think Chrome would be? No.

Dot Matrix said,

Not trolling. Think about it, their software is some of the most poorly coded junk out there... Google Earth is crash prone, and SketchUp STILL doesn't play nice with any IE past IE6. If Firefox wasn't coming to Metro, you *really* think Chrome would be? No.

Now you are trolling. Thankfully I'm in the field of GIS. Guess what program I use a lot. Google Earth. I load GPX and Shapefiles into it all the time. It is running for a good 8 hours at a time. Hey guess what, No crashy.

Absolute FUD!