Windows 8 version of Chrome browser coming

March 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. search giant Google says it is working on a version of its Chrome Web browser for Windows 8 that will run in the operating system's Metro interface.

"Our goal is to be able to offer our users a speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms, which includes both the desktop and Metro versions of Windows 8," a Google spokesperson told Mashable.

The Google announcement follows a similar one last month from Mozilla, which said it has been developing a version of its Firefox browser that includes both a Metro and desktop interface in a single application.

Google confirmed Chrome for Windows 8 will be optimized for touch support, enabling users to use Chrome on any Windows 8 tablets as well as desktop computers, reported Tuesday.

In the current Windows 8 Consumer Preview, one version of Microsoft's own Internet Explorer runs specifically on Metro, and doesn't support Flash, while the other runs in the traditional desktop interface, both sporting radically different interfaces, said.

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