Following the lead of Mozilla, Google has confirmed that it is working on a version of its Chrome Web browser optimized for the new Microsoft Windows 8 “Metro” interface.
“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,” a Google 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,” the spokesperson continued.
The new version of Chrome will be based on the desktop browser, not the Android version. Google did not provide any other details about its plans.
The story was first reported by Mashable.
Windows 8 will include the “classic” interface, which is similar to Windows 7, and Metro, which resembles the tiled Windows Phone interface. Metro is designed for tablets but will also work on the desktop.
Those who use the Metro interface will have several browsers from which to choose. Mozilla last month said it is crafting a Metro-style Firefox for Windows 8. Adding Firefox to Windows 8 classic will be a “simple evolution,” but adding it to Metro will require “a new Firefox front end and system integration points,” Mozilla said.
Windows 8 Metro adopters will also be able to use Internet Explorer 10. However, the Metro-style version of Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 will not support plugins, meaning it will not support Adobe Flash, Microsoft said. If you use the desktop version of IE10, however, plugin support will remain.
Meanwhile Opera is looking into Windows 8, but has yet to confirm whether it has begun developing a Metro-style version of its browser, CNET reported. And, Apple has not said whether it plans to optimize its Safari browser for Windows 8.
For more, see PCMag’s hands on with the Windows 8 consumer preview. Also check out our unboxing of the Windows 8 developer preview PC and 8 Things You Need To Know About Windows 8, as well as Installing Windows 8 on a MacBook Air.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 11:40am ET with comment from Google.
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