Is Chrome an app on Windows 8 RT? Is it available from Google or Microsoft apps store for Windows 8.1? Unfortunately, no. Google is yet to announce Chrome for Windows RT. It sure is a disappointment.Read on to understand why Google Chrome is not available for Windows RT.
Google Chrome for Windows RT – No, Not Yet!
I got to see a few video reviews of Windows RT tablet on Google Plus. (Anyone getting one?). I did some search to see if Chrome is available for Windows RT. But no, the Chrome download page for Windows 8 says “Not Yet Available on Windows RT”
Back in June, when they announced Chrome for Windows 8, the team did mention that Windows RT supported is not included.Chrome won’t run in WinRT, i.e. Windows 8 on ARM processors, they said.
Why is Chrome Not Supported on Windows RT?
Because Microsoft won’t let Google do so. The guys at Mozilla expressed their concerns too!. Users of Windows RT (ARM) also need choice of browsers!
For the past eight years, users and developers have enjoyed a Windows platform environment that offered users a choice of browsers to navigate their digital lives. It wasn’t always that way. Prior to the launch of Firefox in 2004, there was really only one browser for Windows – Internet Explorer. Only IE and Firefox had meaningful market share on the Windows platform from 2005-2009. The choices further increased with the introduction of Chrome, and today users can choose from a wide range of browsers. It’s hard to imagine what it used to be like. Unfortunately, the upcoming release of Windows for the ARM processor architecture and Microsoft’s browser practices regarding Windows 8 Metro signal an unwelcome return to the digital dark ages where users and developers didn’t have browser choices.
So, looks like Windows RT users will have to stick with Internet Explorer, at least for now. Things may change if Microsoft changes their policy, but I don’t see that happening, anytime soon.
Did you get a Windows RT tablet, or are you planning to get one? Let me know!!