Opera Could Be The Fourth Metro Browser in Windows 8

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Opera say they’re ‘looking into it’ – so it’s very likely that Opera will be the fourth Windows 8 metro browser.

Opera could be heading to Windows 8, along with Chrome and Firefox

Another day, another new browser for Windows 8. While yesterday we reported that Google were definitely developing a Metro version of Chrome for Windows, Opera have chimed in with the future of Opera on Windows 8.

Neowin have contacted Opera, asking them whether fans would see a version built for Windows 8. They received a response from Arnstein Teigene, product manager of Desktop at Opera Software: “we are currently looking into Windows 8 … the Metro UI offers an interesting new platform.”

It certainly seems there is an awareness of the importance of Windows 8, and that Opera realise Windows 8 is going to be very important in the future.

Firefox and Chrome come to Metro

Chrome’s statement follows Google’s announcement that Chrome will be arriving on Windows 8.

Google also confirmed some details on Chrome: namely, it will be based on the desktop version of Google Chrome and not the Android counterpart. On the announcement, Google said they wanted to bring a “speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms.” As is par for the course with Windows 8 at this point, Google confirmed that there will be a desktop version to compliment the Metro version of Chrome.

However, Google were not the first company to announce a browser for Windows 8 as Mozilla originally kicked off the party. Their announcement came alongside Microsoft announcing that a new “Metro style enabled desktop browsers” category would appear, allowing third-parties to show off their browser in a dedicated hub in Microsoft’s next OS.

The company also released a document, outlining guidelines for prospective developers developing a Metro version of their browser for Windows 8.

The document, title “Developing a Metro style enabled desktop browser,” is aimed at providing guidelines for developers. One of the key themes is that Microsoft want to create an experience for users, as evidenced by Internet Explorer 10 which debuted the full screen approach to browsing in the Metro side of Windows 8.

In the document, Microsoft pointed out that developers should be aware that they will only work if set as the default browser. Otherwise, opening apps would throw users out of the browser and into another program.

Published: Thursday, March 15th, 2012 Last Modified: March 15, 2012

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