Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2012 02:34 UTC
Google "Back in March, we began work on a Metro-style enabled desktop browser, a version of Chrome that will run in both the Metro and desktop environments of Windows 8 on x86. (Chrome won't run in WinRT, i.e. Windows 8 on ARM processors, as Microsoft is not allowing browsers other than Internet Explorer on the platform). If you're running the Release Preview of Windows 8, you'll be able to try Chrome in Metro mode in the next Chrome Dev channel release by setting it as your default browser." Metro-Chrome is just plain Chrome running in Metro, without a proper Metro UI at this point. They're working on that though, so this is really very early game. Good to know they're on it, though - I love me some WebKit.
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RE: Comment by Gone fishing
by sagum on Fri 8th Jun 2012 09:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by Gone fishing"
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With Windows 8 you're going to have to use the start screen. There is no getting around it. Its there, no option to turn it off. Its the placeholder for all things Metro.
Microsoft is taking a big gamble with Metro, not because it feels like it, but because it has to.

The world is moving increasingly to handheld devices such as mobile phones, tablets for day to day tasks. Basic internet browsing or rather social media, and dirt cheap gaming on the go is quickly eating away at its market and they have nothing to show for it apart from a <1% market share Windows Phone and the xbox, who's active subscribers only account for 30million world wide.
When you compaire that to Apple's 315 million iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running its iOS - with over 15million iPads sold in q4 last year alone - Microsoft has serious problems trying to grabble back some of the mobile/tablet market. Not only that, but Microsoft's Windows isn't even synonymous with using a computer anymore. People are quite happy to go online with android or an apple tablet now. Microsoft is rapidly losing its branding and the any reason why the average joe blogs needs to use it.

So here we are. Microsoft have took a long term look at things, are finally at the point where the xbox, mobile, and windows will be a (somewhat) seamless connection. They'll all look and perform the same, and at the same time, they'll drag the 500million desktop machines that are ready to upgrade to Metro. If they could do that, it'd bring them inline with what Apple has right now, and thats with their desktop machines alone. Add on that the experiance works across the XBOX and windows Phone, they could end up being on top again within a few years.

Thats where Metro comes in to play. Without it, Microsoft has no brand that sets itself apart and it has no way to lock its uses into the Microsoft ecosystem. A lot of people who are using Apple products continue to do so because they've got their apps for iOS. Many will have spent, by now, a considerable amount of money on apps and music etc.
So when I say Metro is being pushed, it really is. Metro is coming, and you'll be using it on Windows 8. Its setup by default for use with IE10. Not many apps right now in the Windows Store, but when it starts pumping them out (100,000 in Windows Phone now) fewer people will be even using the desktop. Why go search on google or bing for software, download the exe, or zip file, install it get tool bars, find out its wrong version, needs updating, etc and then have it mess up all your settings when you can just click on the Store icon, find a program and buy it. Locked good and proper into the Microsoft Windows ecosystem.

It gets worse. The tablet experiance for Windows 8 is quite nice, Metro as a whole on the Windows Phone is an amazing experiance and the xbox is great too, but for the users who go from a tablet/windows phone to a desktop... the experiance there is very very much lacking. It has to be enforced, it has to be the same across the platforms. Its why we're forced to use the start screen. Its Microsoft's way of achering us to Metro and the Windows echosystem.

Edited 2012-06-08 09:55 UTC

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