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Why Google Chrome is Windows 8 "native"?

  1. #11


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 & Ubuntu 12.10


    Quote Originally Posted by burtie View Post
    Yeah i noticed it acts as a separate browser, sometimes it's a little annoying as I have to keep entering passwords etc.
    Exactly.. really annoying.. hope chrome devs will change it...

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  2. #12


    Posts : 354
    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    Quote Originally Posted by WestOkid View Post
    This is annoying. I keep hearing about tabbed browsing. This is not a replacement for multiple windows. Anyone that does research knows this. In order to do this efficiently, you often compare and contrast. It is so much more productive when you have all windows visible. My company spent 10s of millions of dollars upgrading all the desktops to dual monitors for this reason. They may never upgrade to Windows 8.

    I'm not quite sure what the issue is here. All I said was that I have never been one to use multiple browser windows. I generally just use tabs. I made no reference to tabs replacing multiple windows or anything else.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 64


    Fair point. It's just that the OP wanted the desktop for multitasking and it seemed like you were trying to dismiss this. If you were not, then I apologize for reading it incorrectly.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 354
    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    I have used Windows 8 in an enterprise environment where I had to multitask (tech support for law enforcement). In that environment, I didn't use any of the Modern UI applications. Instead, I used the start screen as a launcher for Desktop applications. I also had two, 24" widescreen displays (one in landscape and one in portrait).
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8 Build 9200


    So is the consensus here that this is a Google design or a "feature" of the Windows 8 interface? It's one of the biggest annoyances that I've found using W8 and I'm hoping there will be some sort of resolution.
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  6. #16


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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    Barring any evidence to the contrary, yes, it seems that this is how Chrome is designed to work in Windows 8.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by citybong View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by burtie View Post
    Yeah i noticed it acts as a separate browser, sometimes it's a little annoying as I have to keep entering passwords etc.
    Exactly.. really annoying.. hope chrome devs will change it...
    This behaviour has already changed in the Chrome Beta and Dev channels (I'm running the Dev channel) and now both the desktop and metro versions are "unified" and share the same profile. There's also an entry in the Chrome tools menu for switching between desktop and Windows 8 mode. No idea when this change will roll out to the Stable channel.

    Chrome Releases: Stable updates
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  8. #18


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    I had the Chrome issue a while back.

    If you install Chrome and set it as default browser from the installation, then Metro-is default.
    But if you don't set it as a default browser, then it gets the normal version to open sites.

    See here:
    Chrome Metro
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  9. #19


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by thelastvoice View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by citybong View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by burtie View Post
    Yeah i noticed it acts as a separate browser, sometimes it's a little annoying as I have to keep entering passwords etc.
    Exactly.. really annoying.. hope chrome devs will change it...
    This behaviour has already changed in the Chrome Beta and Dev channels (I'm running the Dev channel) and now both the desktop and metro versions are "unified" and share the same profile. There's also an entry in the Chrome tools menu for switching between desktop and Windows 8 mode. No idea when this change will roll out to the Stable channel.

    Chrome Releases: Stable updates
    This is good news. So I guess the installation step is not that important anymore whether default browser or not.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    I had the Chrome issue a while back.

    If you install Chrome and set it as default browser from the installation, then Metro-is default.
    But if you don't set it as a default browser, then it gets the normal version to open sites.

    See here:
    Chrome Metro
    The way it's working in the Dev channel is that it opens in whichever mode was last used. There's a menu item in the Chrome tools menu that lets you switch between desktop and Windows 8 mode. Also, if you set Chrome as your default browser, it forces IE to always open in desktop mode, even when you're running Chrome in Windows 8 mode.
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