Browser vendors are gearing up to take their hostilities to a new battlefield: Windows 8’s Metro interface. Mozilla commenced work on a “Metro style enabled desktop browser” for Windows 8 earlier this week, and now Google has confirmed similar plans. Hit the jump for more.
A spokesperson for the company recently told Mashable that the web giant is readying a Metro-friendly version of Chrome for Windows 8. This new version of its web browser will be based on the desktop browser and not the Android version, the rep further revealed.
“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,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “To that end we’re in the process of building a Metro version of Chrome along with improving desktop Chrome in Windows 8 such as adding enhanced touch support.”
There was a lot of confusion regarding Microsoft’s policy on third-party Metro style browsers until recently, but Firefox developer Brian Bondy’s blog post announcing the commencement of Firefox Metro development has brought a lot of clarity to the whole situation. It’s now known that Windows 8 supports three categories of web browsers: desktop, Metro style and Metro style enabled desktop browser.
A Metro style enabled desktop browser, according to an MSDN whitepaper, is “a desktop browser that can also participate in the new Metro style experience.” While Firefox for Windows 8 will fall in this category, it’s not clear from Google’s statement if it too is taking the same approach.