Google Chrome 32 Launches with Brand New Windows 8.1 Metro Interface

Google has introduced several visual refinements for the Metro build of Chrome

By on January 15th, 2014 07:40 GMT

As we reported to you a few hours ago, Google has launched the stable build of Chrome 32, a brand new version of its browser that implements quite a lot of improvements on all supported platforms.

Since we’re on the Microsoft news section, it’s worth mentioning that all those running either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 received a brand new interface that’s supposed to make the browser easier to use in the Metro UI of their device, be it a desktop PC or a tablet.

In addition to visual improvements, Google Chrome on Windows 8 Metro also has an integrated app launcher, plus options to manage multiple windows without actually closing the currently running instance of the browser.

“Manage multiple Chrome windows and quickly get to your favorite Chrome Apps with an integrated app launcher. On the desktop, we’ve updated the default styling of UI elements like form controls and scrollbars to match the sleek design of the new Chrome Metro interface,” Yuri Wiitala, software engineer and tenacious tab tracker at Google, explained.

The desktop version of Google Chrome also seems to be more reliable on the desktop UI of Windows 8.1, and the “Relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 Mode” option appears to be working flawlessly this time, as plenty of users complained about a number of issues with this particular setting of the browser.

Keep in mind, however, that although Google Chrome also supports the Metro interface of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, it can only be used on x86 and x64 PCs and tablets and no ARM support is being offered right now.

The Metro build comes as part of the desktop installer and no dedicated setup file is being offered to those running either Windows RT or Windows RT 8.1 on tablets such as Microsoft’s own Surface.

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