Google Trying To Mimic Its Chrome OS UI In Chrome Web Browser For Windows 8 Devices

Chrome Windows 8 App

If you look at the above image, you may think it is a screenshot of Google’s Chrome OS. But the truth is, it is the new Google Chrome Web Browser for Windows 8 devices. Google has released an update for Chrome browser in the dev channel which brings the above UI. When you launch Chrome in Windows 8 mode, you will be presented with the above UI. You will have Chrome OS like task bar with pinned apps, app list button, time, etc. Also you have Window management within this UI, you have close, minimize, maximize button as well. You can open two three windows and place then side by side if you want.

Chrome Windows 8 App 1

Essentially, Google is trying to mimic Chrome OS inside Windows 8. Should Microsoft delist Chrome from Windows Store? What do you think?

Source: Google Chrome

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  • Yuan Taizong

    L.O.L. it’s their loss, there isn’t much reason to purchase Chromebooks today, and letting a Windows P.C. do everything a Chromebook can do is not our loss, it’s just them KaoTao’ing to the reality that no-one wants Chromebooks and that their vision is best presented on the largest audiance (Windows P.C.-users), a Google Chrome O.S. P.C. has way less funtionality than a Microsoft Windows P.C. and they are both way over-priced and over-advertised, I can see Google trying to let people get used to the Graphical User Interface ¿but are they really presenting an alternative to Microsoft Windows or are they practically saying that we (the users) don’t have much reason to prefer a Chromebook over a Notebook/Laptop, Ultrabook or even a Netbook? (which B.T.W. are almost all cheaper than Chromebooks).

    Google is a no-show on Desktops, think about it ¿when was the last time you saw someone with a Chromebook? and the Google Chrome O.S. is the best selling Linux P.C. so it’s a sad reality for Linux-lovers anyway, users comparing the graphical user interface shall also notice that it’s nearly identical with Windows’, this also proves that copying Windows is better than copying O.S. X (like Ubuntu does, enourmous Mac-fanboys and Microsoft-haters to cheap to buy a real actual Mac).

    I’ve always wanted to play around with a Chromebook (as I test every O.S. to see which one can beat Windows, none so far) but a few weeks ago I only did it with using apps from the Google Chrome Web Store and only used Google Chrome, now I can re-mimic the experience and see if it’s really worth purchasing, but none of the reviews or tests I’ve seen has made it look more functional than a Windows P.C. and as Chromebooks are 100% (same will count for Windows 8.1 (Blue)) there are a lot of advantages, but the disadvantage comes for those with slow internet, like most of my friends and colleagues, so I don’t see much reasons to jump to Chromebooks, and now if people want to experience a Chromebook they can just use their Windows P.C.’s, it’s a win-win for everybody… excluding Google, really, I don’t see any reason to prefer Chromebooks…

  • Yuan Taizong

    Also Google Chrome has to be your standard-browser for this, I use Internet Explorer which is faster and safer, and as both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are gaining ground on Google Chrome is can be seen as an act of desperation.

    • Harry

      I use Linux, and until Microsoft release Internet Explorer for Linux I will keep using Chrome

      I thought Microsoft was innovative and offered consumers choices ???? Why No Internet Explorer for Linux ???

      • nohone

        Why spend 1000s of man hours writing software for an OS that has been declining in usage? But you do have a choice, and Microsoft makes it quite easy to exercise your choice – you can walk into practically any retail store such as Wal-Mart or Target. Or, if you prefer, you can go online to retailers such as Amazon and use that choice to buy a copy of Windows. If you so desperately want to use IE as you proclaim to in your comment (you would not be putting up a false statement, would you?) it is very easy to buy a copy.
        And what of those other companies that do not allow choice, where is iTunes for Windows Phone? I exercised my choice to buy an iTouch to use iTunes and the iPod software. Google took away my right to choose to use software such as a native YouTube app on Windows Phone, and not in the way that Microsoft doesn’t allow IE on Linux, but maliciously forces the removal of YouTube (and other) apps from the WP and Win8 store. I thought Apple (after all, when OSX was first released, it was heralded as an OSS OS) and Google through their do no evil mantra and everything being open on the web (except when it is not convenient for them) were the ultimate in choice and openness.

        • SategB

          You answered your own question …those Apps are not available for Windows Phone becouse there is not enough people using the OS.

      • grs_dev

        @harry you’re definitely a rare breed of penguins

      • frankwick

        I’m a Linux tinkerer – have been since Mandriva was actually called Mandrake. If I was a large software maker I wouldn’t software for it. The marketshare isn’t worth the effort involved porting it, distributing, and maintaining. Porting a software title to another platform doesn’t make a company innovative.

  • Yuan Taizong

    Large taskbar, the window-custumization options in the upper right-corner and an imitation of the start-button in the lest corner of the task-bar and a clock at the right corner of the same task-bar, yep this is an imitation of Microsoft Windows ;-)

  • Avatar Roku

    If this is installed via the app store it should be delisted. If it is installed via the desktop I’m not sure there is anything they can do beyond releasing regular updates to Windows that break or frustrate the functionality of this horrible software. This interface looks terrible for touch. Why even put it inside of Metro, why not just launch this as a full screen app on the desktop? What is the advantage of Google installing this on the Metro UI?

  • Cliff

    A consistent UI is something Microsoft SHOULD be doing but they insist on redesigning a completely new UI and paradigm for the different screen types. Good on Google for doing this because any Windows users moving over to Chrome OS should be familiar with how it all works. You can’t say the same moving from a Window Phone to Windows 8 and vice-versa. Also, there’s nothing Microsoft can do about the app itself unless it’s found to be faulty, etc.

    • VHMP01

      Consistent across devices, screen sizes, different inputs (mouse & keyboard, stylus, touch, and kinnect), different proccesors’ tech, mobility & desk? Sorry, your ‘consistent’ meaning of the word means old tech to me.

      • Cliff

        You can have a consistent UI across different screen sizes regardless of the input method because a mouse click, touch, etc are basically the same thing. For example, you make a selection using a mouse, touch, keyboard, stylus, kinnect and something happens. All these can be used effectively using their individual capabilities with a consistent UI.

        • Guest

          “because a mouse click, touch, etc are basically the same thing.”

          No, they’re not. A mouse click, for example, has far more precision. Which means the UI can have far smaller targets, like Windows always has. When you try to touch enable that, you immediately hit that and numerous other issues. You act like everyone can just start from a fresh slate. They can’t. MS has a huge legacy installed base that needs to be supported. So does Apple now on iOS. Google does too, except so far they don’t give much a shit about legacy support and prefer to just force upgrade to remove the issue for them.

          • Cliff

            Yes, in MOST cases they are the same. You interact with the UI to do something. Whether that’s a button, a link, or whatever. Precision’s only important with specialised tasks like drawing but then if you understood what I meant ALL of that doesn’t matter if you have a UI sometime in the future (not now, not tomorrow, or whenever) that supports all the input methods effectively. Legacy support is fine. The UI layer should separate to all that. Why would it matter? It doesn’t. I should be able to use the same UI whether I am using a mouse, keyboard, touch screen, kinnect, stylus or thought patterns. Windows 9 and 10 might do that but then that wasn’t my original point.

          • Guest

            Precision is only important with specialized tasks? Have you tried using something like the Office toolbar on a touch screen device? If not, come back to me when you have and let me know whether you still stand by that comment. In fact, when you can show me any feature-dense app that has figured out a way to successfully translate that to touch, let me know. Unless you think the future of computing is the kind of simplied applets we currently see on touch/mobile, the challenge of creating a UI/UX that works equally well with a variety of input methods is still elusive despite some of the smartest people in the world working on the challenge. If it’s all so easy, why don’t you do it and make millions?

          • Cliff

            Yes I have and that’s a problem with the UI (you’ve failed to grasp my point) and not the input device you’re using. When they fully redesign the UI to accommodate all input devices including touch then they’ll really have something. And if you haven’t noticed they’re already doing transitioning some stuff to include touch support with outlook.com as an example so I’m good. There’s really no need to make my millions in this one area of I.T. There’s plenty of other things for me to do. Hahaha

    • Guest

      Historically, yes. But over the last 3-4 years they’ve been bringing them all together. Yes, maybe it should have happened faster and there’s still some work to do. But they had a huge legacy to deal with (unlike Google). The WP guy is now heading up Windows. So on your WP vs W point, any remaining major differences there should get ironed out by the next major release. On your “Good for Google”, I don’t know why you’d applaud someone disrespecting the design aesthetic of a competitor’s platform and instead trying to use it as a Trojan horse to leverage your own. But whatever…

      • Guest

        your own > their own

      • Cliff

        Microsoft is just too slow. I’ve been on board with WP since day 1 and they’re still behind. I’ll continue to use WP because I like it over the others but Microsoft have really dropped the ball with this thing.

        The differences between WP and W are obvious. Gestures (corner flicks), colours (backgrounds and accents), tile behaviour (auto positioning vs any layout), login systems and more make them quite different so there’s an unnecessary learning curve for new users. Hopefully Microsoft sorts it out but we’re looking at a number of years before that happens.

        Google or Adobe, Facebook, Twitter, etc can use any layout they want for their apps. There’s no rule against having your own style. And while it looks like a competitive product so what! There’s nothing illegal or wrong with that.

        • Guest

          I agree. Apparently they finally do as well. Hence the major reorg, which includes merging these previously separate OS groups. Of course the differences between W and WP are obvious. They were designed by two different teams for two entirely different use cases and hardware platforms. There will still be differences even under merged leadership because the use cases and hardware platforms are still not the same. What can be hoped is that there won’t be needless differences like things that would work just as well on W but are better implemented on WP, or vice versa. I’d expect major progress over the next year. But yes, it could be a couple of years before we see everything come together. Part of the issue isn’t just MS slowness but also their vision, which is to put a full OS across all platforms. That requires average mobile hardware to get to a level where the additional OS overhead isn’t a factor. Short term that puts them at a disadvantage. But longer term is might be a key differentiator.

          Curated apps are subject to approval guidelines, which include design elements. Additionally, there are extensive design guidelines that you’re strongly encouraged to follow.

    • nohone

      And where is Google’s consistent UI? They have this UI, they have Android which uses a completely different UI, and use vastly different UI paradigms across their web properties. Microsoft started with this style of UI years ago with WMC, then progressed to Zune software, then released WP7 with Metro, and use the same UI now on Win8. Rather than force users to throw out all their existing software, they have the old UI there. And when they did have a unified UI, using the Windows UI in WM6, people complained that it was too much like Windows, and a desktop OS didn’t work on a phone. So Microsoft is wrong for using a desktop OS on mobile, and now when they have a UI designed to work across all screen sizes, they are also wrong.

      • Cliff

        We’re using one example here (the one in the article) but good point. It is my hope Microsoft will eventually have one consistent UI across devices. That’s easier on development time and a user’s learning curve.

        Whether they do that or not is anyone’s guess. At the moment it’s just a big old jumbled mess going from XBox to Windows to Windows Phone to a Tablet and Phablet (which aren’t really supported right now). They’re all too different from each other when they don’t have to be.

  • Zicoz

    Time for Microsoft to block it for some weird ass made up reason I guess ;)

    • Drewidian

      MS should tell Google that they need to code it in HTML6 (doesn’t exist as a standard yet) just to piss on them.

      • Jimmyz

        And google should toss out the MS WP 8 app from the Play Store ? – the “switch to windows phone” one….

        you are a fking freak…….

        • grs_dev

          A marketing app? Really?

        • tegz

          and you are a weak ass troll. gtfo already.

  • Randy P

    Until I can sync my Bookmarks in Internet Explorer on all of my PC’s and tablet, I’ll use Chrome… all I need now is a Chrome Windows Phone app. Why doesn’t IE sync anyway???

    • Guest

      Coming with IE11 but requires 8.1 across all devices. So probably no joy for WP until next year.

    • Mark Matheson

      Why don’t you sync your Favourites folder with SkyDrive? Works for me.

      • Jimmyz

        Does Skydrive work on Linux ???

        Chrome syncs across platforms

        • Mark Matheson

          I think your question mark button is sticky.
          As I said, SkyDrive ‘works for me’, I’m not trying to do a browser nor cloud storage comparison.

        • frankwick

          Skydrive doesn’t work on Linux. It works on every other platform — even the Microsoft competitors like OSX and Android — but not Linux. I don’t think we’ll see a Skydrive on Linux (other than browser based) because of the poor market share.

    • Zicoz

      IE already syncs to all Windows based PCs and tablets. The only one lacking is WP, but you can’t get Chrome there either so…

      • Randy P

        please explain, because you’re the only person in the world that I know of who’s IE sync’s between PS’c.

        • Zicoz

          Well it’s probably not IE, but Windows 8 which does the syncing. At least all my bookmarks shows up every time I do a fresh install. Before Windows 8 I used to use Xmarks.

        • stephen01king

          It works for me too…

        • kalval

          Bookmarks, login details, browsing history, etc already sync between windows 8 devices. In 8.1 there is tab syncing so that you can switch between devices and ontinue browsing. This is all managed in the windows settings rather than IE settings.

          • Jimmyz

            Oh Dear……………thats a fail

            Chrome syncs across platforms…..

            When will these retarded WinPhans ever learn………..

        • frankwick

          Requires 8.x. Actually 8.x sync more than IE. It syncs desktop settings, apps, faves, form data, etc..
          I don’t think IE11 in Win7 will sync tabs but we’ll see. If there is a big need then I guess they could add it but until this conversation I really haven’t seen anyone gripe about it.

  • Duk3togo

    I say MS does to Google what they did to MS with the YouTube app. Give them something ridiculous and block them until they do it.

  • NegLewis

    If MS will manage to merge W8, W8 ARM and WP, Azure, CE, … into one OS, this will have no negative effect on MS.
    If MS will have to concentrate on more OS’s and add same feature over and over again… this will corrode MS’s weath…
    MS can’t forbid this behaviour as long as only Google use it… unless it will be declared a “vulnerability” as on-desktop-gadget are.

  • redtidal

    I said it before and I will say it again. Google is a F@%!*# leech

  • Jimmyz

    “Essentially, Google is trying to mimic Chrome OS inside Windows 8.
    Should Microsoft delist Chrome from Windows Store? What do you think?”

    I think Microsoft should delist you for writing such utterly inane articles………….

    • tegz

      your check from google is on the way

  • tomakali

    Microsoft is going to get another big blow…
    seriously… IE has NO APPS…
    Chrome has a LOT of APPS…

    if this for any reason becomes a trend now, microsoft has to fight with google next 25years to push developers to build apps for IE…

    Someway, IE should be the interface for webplayable apps…
    atleast bring back the MSN Browser where i can login with my outlook id and play xbox games, wp games, windows games, sync browsing, use skydrive etc…

    others can use whatever they want…

    • nohone

      Years ago, people started using Microsoft specific extensions to the web browser, called Dynamic HTML. Those people put little graphics on their web pages saying “Best Viewed With Internet Explorer” and people had a fit that Microsoft was trying properitize the internet. A few years later, a version of Dynamic HTML was adopted by W3C as what we know now as CSS. Microsoft added ActiveX to IE, people complained it was proprietary even though it wasn’t, and they complained it was insecure. But the truth is that it wasn’t proprietary, the Object tag is W3C standard and Java (the proposed alternative to ActiveX) proved to be less secure, supporting certificates just like ActiveX. And of course, we hear over and over again about how great FF and Chrome are because they provide plugins, which are essentially equivalent to ActiveX controls. Then Microsoft created HTA, a way of creating HTML applications in the browser that ran on the desktop. And it was attacked as trying to force a proprietary format on the web. But now, Google introduces a new proprietary web app format and here you are praising them and condemning Microsoft for not having web browser specific apps. Oh, and then Win8 metro apps can be written in HTML and JavaScript, but people complain about those trying to take over the web, but of course Google has their proprietary format which is good.
      Just the usual Microsoft is bad when they do it, Google is great when they do.

      • tomakali

        Sure Microsoft is great in invention…
        but goolge is good in insertion…
        no matter you want it or not, whether its good or bad… Google knows how to insert evil in a nice way…

        Microsoft trying to showoff that its is either a “good company with moral ethics” or an “anti-evil(google) company with anit-evil ethics”

        IMO, Microsoft should give what users want and how they want it…
        gone are the days when microsoft wanted to define how people should want what…

        People need choice…
        BING is super duper good than google…
        but it lacks… popularity, marketing, ads, monetization opportunities and usage…

        it will be re-looked when the whole things go awry, then Microsoft will slowly try to reinvent everything from scratch…

        If Courier tablet had been release to the market…
        Kin, Vista, 7 wouldnt have happened…
        fortunately Microsoft has just got a reboot…
        now it needs to zoom ahead in every piece of techno-inventions and should differentiate from others…

        A Behemoth’s super strength is of no use if its slower than a snail…

        • nohone

          “but goolge is good in insertion”
          Yes, they are good at bending their users over and…
          Courier was just a prototype with some ideas, the biggest being it could fold in half. Surface is a realization of those ideas except for the folding part. Courier was “cancelled” a year after Win7 shipped, so how could shipping Courier have retroactively stopped shipping two operating systems? Kin was a phone, not a tablet, so they would not compete.

          • tomakali

            IMO, the OS shapes itself for the device…
            in earlier days, hardware had to support OS
            now its different…
            if they had released courier… Windows,iOS,Android would have changed
            otherwise the OS on the Courier would have changed accordingly…
            whatev… its over now…
            Windows is interesting for now…

        • Rikkirik

          Microsoft can delist Chrome browser on 2 grounds. First of all security. All internetsecurity firms and government agency (FBI) have deemed IE the most secure browser ever. All other browsers (Safari, Firefox, Mozilla, Opera etc) have failed miserably on this ground, Chrome most of all. Secound ground on which Chrome browser can be delisted is privacy. If Google browser and apps are invading the privacy of consumers they can be blocked on this ground also. Microsoft can set their own policy regarding security and privacy. It’s just like Japan which has strict regulations regarding food safety, making it difficult for other countries to export food to Japan.

  • Ali

    it really doesn’t matter what microsoft does anymore

  • tomakali

    Why not Microsoft push ads on Windows running without license???
    There are 1000s of people running pirated version…
    if they dont want to pay, let them live with ads…

    when its ok if google inserts ads in mail,search,android,glass wherever they want?
    IMO, its not a poisonous ethic to push ads in OS without license…