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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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Charms and Status


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Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405731,00.asp

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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?

Source: Chromium Blog

Article source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/chrome-web-store-launches-in-six-more-countries-with-offline-section-more-analytics-updates/

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13 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.

For more from Chloe, follow her on Twitter @ChloeAlbanesius.


View Slideshow
See all (24) slides


Windows 8 Multi-Monitor


Windows 8 Lock Screen


Charms and Status


Sports App


For the top stories in tech, follow us on Twitter at @PCMag.

Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2405731,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121

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04 Jan 12 State of the Browser: Chrome closes on Firefox, IE6 dying out


The browser story in December mirrored the broader 2011 trends. After a surprising result in November, in which it held steady, Internet Explorer resumed normal service in December, with its market share continuing to fall. Chrome once more made gains, closing the gap with rival Firefox.

Internet Explorer dropped 0.77 points for a share of 52.64 percent. Firefox dropped 0.31 points, for a share of 21.83 percent. Chrome gained 0.93 points to rise to 19.11 percent. Safari fell slightly, losing 0.03 points to hit 4.97 percent. Opera made a strong gain of 0.11 points to reach 1.66 percent.

The story for 2011 as a whole was much the same. Internet Explorer lost 7.39 points of desktop market share over the course of the year. Firefox also fell over the year, losing 1.86 points in total. These browsers’ losses were WebKit’s gain: the two major WebKit-based browsers, Chrome and Safari, gained 8.75 and 0.95 points respectively. Opera too fell over the course of the year, finishing 2011 0.61 points lower than it closed 2010.

Chrome has become the alternative browser of choice. Firefox’s growth at Internet Explorer’s expense has been halted and now reversed, with large numbers of users defecting from both Microsoft’s and Mozilla’s browsers. Strong promotion, robust upgrading, and vigorous grassroots promotion of the browser have resulted in rapid adoption that shows no signs of slowing.

In the mobile market, Safari continues to rule.

Though Chrome’s automatic updates remain the best in the browser industry, its pool of non-upgrading users continues to be a significant feature. About 15 percent of Chrome users are using a version that’s at least two versions old. Though they only represent a small fraction of total Internet usage at the moment, this straggler demographic will grow as Chrome does.

Uptake of Firefox 8 appears to be going well, with users of the old Firefox 3.6 slowly moving away from that platform. Firefox too seems to have a straggler problem, again with about 15 percent of users on the “rapid release” track (versions 4 and higher) using an out-of-date version.

Microsoft is no stranger to the non-upgrading demographic, with considerable numbers of people using Internet Explorer 6 or 7 in spite of the availability of versions 8 and 9. The situation may start to improve shortly. Announced in mid-December, Microsoft is going to start shipping Internet Explorer as an automatic update to Windows Update users. Previously, Internet Explorer was an automatic update that required manual intervention to actually install; Windows Update would start an installation wizard that required the user to click through to install the browser. That wizard process has now been eliminated.

This month, users in Australia and Brazil will start to pick up the browser automatically. Assuming the rollout goes smoothly, Microsoft will expand the automatic deployments to other markets. Even when the switch is thrown globally, not all systems will be upgraded. Administrators will be able to block installation, and users who have previously rejected the upgrade won’t have their systems updated.

Nonetheless, this is a highly welcome change that should go a long way towards moving Internet Explorer users forward. Progress on that front is encouraging. Internet Explorer 6 saw a surprising increase in usage in November, but normal service was resumed in December, with both Internet Explorer 6 and 7 dropping to new lows of 7.66 and 4.87 percent, respectively.

In the US, usage of IE6 dropped below 1 percent for the first time since its 2001 release. The Czech Republic, Mexico, Portugal, Philippines, and Ukraine also hit the 1 percent threshold last month. These countries are joining an elite group of countries—Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, and Sweden—in which Internet Explorer 6 has below 1 percent of the market. Bringing up the rear is China, where the ancient browser still holds 25.2 percent of the market.

Our usage here at Ars showed small drops for Internet Explorer and Firefox, with small gains for Safari and Chrome. In mobile, the Android browser edged ahead of mobile Safari.

Article source: http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2012/01/state-of-the-browser-chrome-closes-on-firefox-ie6-dying-out.ars

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