Google Chrome is one of the popular and finest web browsers available for Windows. Many users prefer Chrome to other browsers for its faster engine and simple UI. Chrome browser lovers who are running Windows 8 can now experience the new Metro-style version of Chrome browser by downloading the same from the developer channel.
Google has recently released Chrome 21.0 to the developer channel and it now supports Windows 8’s Metro. The Metro-version sports a similar UI of the desktop version with some small changes. The only catch is that users can’t experience the Metro UI of the browser just by installing the browser. You need to do set it as your default browser in Chrome settings and also in Default Programs to experience the Metro UI.
As this is the first release of the Metro version, some features are missing. This version supports the touch-screen and also Windows 8’s charms. If you want to use the desktop version of Chrome on a touch-screen device, you may need to optimize Chrome for touch-screen.
Here is how to install and setup Google Chrome Metro in Windows 8:
Step 1: Visit this official page, download the setup from dev channel and complete the installation.
Step 2: Launch the desktop version of Chrome browser, click on wrench menu and then Settings. Click Make Google Chrome my default browser button to set Chrome as your default browser. If you see a dialog asking “How do you want to open this type of link?” select Google Chrome and then press enter.
Step 3: Next, switch to Start screen in Windows 8, type Default Programs, and press Enter key to launch the same.
Step 4: Once launched, click on “Set your default programs”. Select Google Chrome entry in the left-pane and then click Set this program as default button present on the right-side. Click Ok. You are done!
Step 5: Switch to Start screen to see the Metro-style Google Chrome browser icon. Click on the Chrome tile to launch and experience the Chrome Metro for Windows 8.