Google confirms that Mozilla aren’t the only developers working on a Metro browser for Windows 8
Chrome developers Google confirm that there will be a third Metro browser for Windows 8
Recently, Microsoft made the surprising move of allowing other developers to build Metro-style browsers for Windows 8 after users previously thought that IE would be exclusive in that regard. Well, this week, Google have confirmed that there will be a Metro version of Chrome available in Windows 8.
According to Mashable, a Google spokesperson confirmed the news along with the first details: the browser will be based on the desktop version, not the Android version. The spokesperson said that there goal was to offer users “a speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms.” The representative also said that there will be a desktop version of Chrome available alongside the Metro browser.
It was also confirmed that the desktop versions will be designed with touch in mind, with Windows 8 releasing on tablets later this year.
Metro Firefox in development
In addition to Google developing a browser for Windows 8, Mozilla confirmed last week that they would also be developing a browser for the platform.
Along with the announcement made by Mozilla developer Brian R. Bondy, Microsoft revealed that there would be a new category for third-party Metro browsers. Windows 8 categorises these browsers as “Metro style enabled desktop browsers.” As is apparent now, this category was created because other developers are allowed to create Metro browsers.
To go alongside this announcement, Microsoft released a document titled “Developing a Metro style enabled desktop browser.” One of the requirements is for the browser to have a Metro and non-Metro version, to work in both sides of Windows 8.
Microsoft also again reiterated, as in the document, that Metro browsers will only work if set as the default browser. The reasoning for this was that this would provide a consistent user experience, and won’t suddenly force users out of the Metro interface when trying to open a file (such as in e-mail, where the you could be booted out of the browser to open a PowerPoint presentation). Metro apps will also open in Metro browsers, as a result.
There’s also a benefit for developers building Metro browsers. Browsers will have support for HTML5 in Metro.