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18 Jun 12 Early Metro-Style Chrome Comes to Windows 8

As promised, Google this week released a new version of Chrome for its dev channel that adds support for Windows 8 Metro mode.

The Monday release includes “improved support for on-screen keyboard on Windows 8 in Metro mode,” Google said in the release notes. It also “resolved several Windows 8 crashes and performance regressions.”

To try it, you’ll have to install the Release Preview of Windows 8 and then select Chrome as your default browser.

Google first announced plans for a Metro-style Chrome browser in March, and announced last week that it was coming to the dev channel shortly.

The “initial releases of Chrome in Metro mode will include integration with the basic Windows 8 system functionality, such as charms and snap view,” Google said last week. But in the lead-up to the expected late-2012 release of Windows 8, Google will be “smoothing out the UI on Metro and improving touch support, so please feel free to file bugs.”

Given that the Chrome dev channel and the Windows 8 Release Preview are pre-release versions of the software, these releases are intended for the tech-savvy rather than the average consumer.

On that front, Google today also announced new developer features for the Chrome Web Store, including the addition of six new countries: Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. The search giant also created a new section for apps that work offline, and promised better information in the developer dashboard.

For more, check out PCMag’s Hands On With Windows 8 Release Preview and the slideshow below, as well as our review of Chrome 19.

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16 Jun 12 Chrome Web Store Launches In Six More Countries With Offline …

The Chrome Web Store has just received several updates. These are not major changes, and upon first glance you might not see the difference, but these are changes worth knowing about, especially if you’re a developer, you like offline apps, or you live in Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco or the United Arab Emirates. If you live in one of these six countries, the Chrome Web Store is now available in your country, which means you can enjoy all the extensions and apps it has to offer. This also adds a substantial audience to existing apps in the store.

If you work with offline apps, or have developed one, you’ll be happy to know the Chrome Web Store now has a new section dedicated entirely to offline apps. Offline apps are apps that work regardless of your Internet connection, and the addition of this category means it’s now easier to find these apps among the huge available selection.

The last change in the Chrome Store has to do with usage stats, and is aimed at developers who would like to have better insight into their apps’ performance. Developers can now view a graph which can help them get a better understanding of how well their app is doing, for example how many times it’s been viewed, installed, etc. The data can be easily exported and downloaded as a CSV file. According the the Chrome development team, this is only the beginning for this feature, and we’ll see more capabilities added to it in the future.

Do these updates change your Web Store experience?

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13 Jun 12 Chrome Web Store Gets New Developer Features

The Chrome Web Store is one of the nicer things about Google’s browser that really gives it an edge over the competition. Mozilla will be launching its own Firefox app store soon and Windows 8 has the Metro app store. Google is going to have to kick it up a notch to stay ahead.

In the spirit of staying ahead, Google has announced three new features hitting the Chrome Web Store today. The new features should benefit both the consumer and the developer in creating and delivering content across the Web.

The Chrome Web Store is now available in six additional countries – Turkey, Ukraine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. Consumers in these countries can now start to download apps. The bigger benefit, however, comes in the form of developers from these countries being able to sell apps on the Chrome Web Store to a global audience.

One of the nice things about the Chrome Web Store is that some developers allow their apps to work offline. A major problem arose in the form of not knowing which apps worked offline though. To combat this, Google has added a special collection called “Offline Apps.” Developers can easily add their apps to this collection by adding the offline_enable flag to their app’s manifest file.

The final feature is for developers only and it’s a good one at that. The developer dashboard now features a graph that shows you how many times an app has been viewed versus the number of installations. In typical Good Guy Google fashion, developers can already view up to 90 days of history via the graph. That history will probably be increased in the future according to Google.

Chrome Web Store Gets New Developer Features

Like I said, these features benefit both the consumer and the developer. While Mozilla and Microsoft still have some work to do on their respective app marketplaces, Google has the head start. That puts them into the enviable position of being able to immediately respond to any potential innovations implemented by the competition.

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