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Why Google Chrome is Windows 8 "native"?

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    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 & Ubuntu 12.10

    Why Google Chrome is Windows 8 "native"?


    I don't know if native is the correct word here.. So here is a screenshot of my "Start" page..

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    You can see i have organized it very well ( games/video editing/random apps/settings-desktop ), but see chrome..
    it has a gray background because if u open it will open as an app not at the desktop.. i like it, i don't say but why does it mute the sound from chrome when u go for example to desktop.? it is rly bad when u are listening a youtube video..

    what i am doing now is chrome is pinned at the taskbar.. so as to run it in the desktop.. but how can i have it at my "Start" page and when clicked run at desktop?

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


    If Chrome is set as the default browser, it will automatically run in "immersive" mode as a Modern UI application. I beleive the only real option is to navigate, on the desktop, to the actual executable and pin that to the start screen (which I've never tried with anything other than IE).
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    windows 7


    Yeah I noticed this too, it's a little on the annoying side TBH because you can't multi task with the metro one. I try to avoid it whenever possible and just use the desktop version instead.
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    Posts : 354
    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    What do you mean by saying you can't multitask?
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    Posts : 272
    windows 7


    Sorry probably a bad choice of words, I just find using the metro Chrome a pain to use, can't easily flip between windows...don't worry I think it's just me. I prefer the usual desktop version.
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  6. #6


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


    I've actually only been able to open two windows with Chrome in the Modern UI: a regular window and a private browsing window. When you do that, there's the two rectangles in the upper right that allow you to switch back and forth. I've never been a heavy user of multiple browser windows, though - just tabs, so I like having an easier tab interface while remaining in the Modern UI.
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    Windows 8 & Ubuntu 12.10


    Yes but from all of the apps, Chrome is the only one doing it.. Will they fix it or what? ( From the side of chrome developers )
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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    Who knows what the Chrome devs think with their insane release schedule.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Kebero View Post
    I've actually only been able to open two windows with Chrome in the Modern UI: a regular window and a private browsing window. When you do that, there's the two rectangles in the upper right that allow you to switch back and forth. I've never been a heavy user of multiple browser windows, though - just tabs, so I like having an easier tab interface while remaining in the Modern UI.
    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.
    Anyway, that's why I just use the desktop version of Chrome.
    Keep in mind that if you flip-flop between this and the metro version it is like using a different browser. History etc. doesn't seem 2 be shared.
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    Posts : 272
    windows 7


    Yeah i noticed it acts as a separate browser, sometimes it's a little annoying as I have to keep entering passwords etc.
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