Google is preparing to release a test version of its Chrome browser for Microsoft’s Windows 8, and company this afternoon provided a first glimpse of the app, which looks a lot like the existing versions of the Chrome browser.

The version will run in the new Metro and traditional desktop environments of Windows 8, and it will be available to via the Chrome Dev channel to people running the Windows  8 Release Preview.

Carlos Pizano, a Google software engineer and “Metro Gnome,” says in a blog post that Chrome won’t run in versions of Windows 8 for ARM processors, point out that “Microsoft is not allowing browsers other than Internet Explorer on the platform,” linking to a Mozilla post calling out Microsoft for exclusionary practices on that version of Windows, known as WinRT.

Ed Bott of ZDNet offers this clarification: “Google and Mozilla can, if they choose, build browsers for Windows RT. But those browsers would lack the ability to execute JavaScript efficiently, they would be prevented from using plugins, and they would have to be approved by Microsoft and delivered through the Windows app store.”

Previously on GeekWire: Windows 8 Release Preview debuts, Microsoft confirms $15 upgrade promotion

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  • john

    When I saw the headline “Google Chrome goes metro,” I excitedly clicked to see what new hotness might unfold before my eyes…. but this is the most pathetic attempt at metro I have ever seen. It seems they took out aero and replaced it with a solid background and called it good. 

    If this is the kind of effort Google is going to put forward, I think I will be looking at Firefox again in the very near future.

    • Estevan Carlos Benson

      I think google is just trying to have a consistent UI across all platforms. There is no reason to make Chrome for metro appear dramatically differently. Also, metro automatically strips aero so what do you expect?

  • Guest

    With respect, IE, Chrome, and Firefox are all essentially the same: HTML5 and CSS3 are standards and all three browsers render them virtually identically. Demanding one over the other is brand loyalty trumping practicality.

    • Odog4ever


      But blindly championing one browser over another, when they are so close in rendering parity, is basically sports rivalry for nerds (not referring to nerds in a derogatory way as I’m one). 

      So only your team (browser) can win and fans of the other must be crushed.

  • frustrated999

    I wonder if this ver of Google Chrome will have this “feature” that leaves users logged in even though they don’t want to

    • Guest

      That’s not a bug. If I click “Continue where I left off” and I left off whilst logged in to Gmail, I want to continue to be logged in! What kind of feature would have me “continue” at a login prompt?

      The repeated invocation of RFC 6265 in that “bug” is irrelevant because an RFC is a Request For Comment and not an ironclad law. Google has read RFC 6265 and has commented, “No.”

      There are a lot of niggles to have with Chrome, but that’s not one of them.

      • frustrated999

         It is a bug or at least a 180 degree flipflop if Chrome versions prior to version 19 treated that option differently. Chrome pre ver 19 removed the session-only cookies which the end user created when they logged in and told Gmail etc NOT to keep them logged in.

        • Guest

          Frustrated, you misunderstand. Google not keeping me logged in when I say “continue where I left off” was a bug. In Chrome 19, Google FIXED the bug.

  • Nikhil

    I worked at Microsoft, still develop almost exclusively in C# and have a huge bias for Microsoft products. I avoided Chrome for a long time but I started using it because IE sucked so much!!! On the other hand, I love Chrome compared to IE, which is slow, freezes up off and on and is woefully behind Chrome wrt just the basics working smoothly. 

    I think it is a pity that Microsoft is not letting Chrome be a first class denizen of windows 8 and even more woeful that they cannot get IE right! I think the adoption curve of Chrome speaks for itself. However hopefully Microsoft is fixing all this in Windows 8 and I can go back to not worrying about something as basic as what browser to use!

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