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Chrome OS Immersive Mode Comes to Chrome on Windows

I have been ignoring Chromebook’s immersive mode for  a while now, but looks like it is much liked by many and the Chrome team is bringing it to Chrome on Windows. This will be part of the Ash window manager on Chrome which brings you Chrome OS like desktop for Chrome on Windows 8.

What is Immersive Mode?

It is the fullscreen mode on steroids. In immersive mode, everything above a web page’s content is pushed to the top the screen. The URL bar or the omnibar auto-hides, leaving more space for the content. Here is a video demo:

Here is the commit log:

Enable immersive fullscreen on Windows Ash.

On ChromeOS a reveal occurs on a swipe down from the top
edge, and hides on a swipe up from the top edge.

On Windows we can only detect one piece of information: A
swipe up occurred from the bottom edge, or a swipe down
occured from the top edge. These two events are
indistinguishable on Windows, and they do not come with any
location information.

As a result, the CrOS behavior of these two distinct
operations are merged into one operation here. On Windows
an “edge swipe” displays the shelf AND does the immersive
reveal, whereas on CrOS these are separate operations
triggered by a swipe on the respective edges.

Hiding should still behave the same as CrOS.

As you can see, the slight difference in the way you interact in the immersive mode. on Chrome OS however, it will continue to work as it used to.

windows 8  Chrome OS Immersive Mode  Comes to Chrome on Windows

This has just been added to the code, so it may take a week or two before it launches on Canary build or Development channel on Windows. Will we see this on Mac OSX?

Good question!!

Chrome OS Is Now a Windows 8 App – No, I am not Kidding!

Is there something wrong with the title of this article? May be. I am talking about Chrome running on Windows 8.1metro mode. But it looks just like Chrome OS. It has the same user interface, and has Chrome Apps.

Meet Aura – The Magic Software that Turns Any OS in to Chrome OS

Allow me to use ‘s little write up on what Aura is.

Aura is the (not so) new UI stack that we use in Chrome OS. It does not use native widgets for controls and it fully uses the GPU when available. Compared with the traditional UI stack as seen in Chrome 28 or 29, the only native element is the top level window. Everything else is drawn by Chrome, composited by the Chrome Compositor and uses Angle/GPU to present to the screen. Focus/Activation and in general input ins managed differently as well.

Q:Why are we doing this?
A:Because we want to unify the UI stack across platforms. The end result is that Windows, Linux and Chrome OS will use the same UI stack while today each have a different one. Along the way we gain much flexibility to do fluid UI animations; the kind you can see today in Chrome OS shell.

In short, it is the magic wand that turns Windows and Linux in to Chrome OS, making users feel like “Alice in Wonderland” (or Google land)

Windows 8.1 Metro Mode + Aura = Chrome OS on Windows

If you are running Google Chrome on Metro Mode on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 (which I am using now), you get in to Chrome OS like environment, thanks to Aura.

windows 8  Chrome OS Is Now a Windows 8 App   No, I am not Kidding!

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Only thing missing (at least on the front-end) is the wallpaper. I don’t that is far away, because there is already a placeholder (grey color) for wallpaper. When Chrome OS starts syncing your Wallpaper, it will sync here too.

For now, I get:

  • Multiple windows, including incognito
  • Re-size windows and move them around just like Chrome OS
  • Apps menu
  • Apps shelf (or the task bar)
  • Settings menu on bottom-right-corner (where I get a Chrome OS like “restart to update” message), and a power down (!!) icon.
  • A nice feeling, because I love Chrome OS.

Aura has been in the works for more than a year now. I remember seeing this back in 2011. It makes complete sense now why Google has put in a lot of on this project.

Packaged Apps to Fill the Gap

When Google puts Chrome OS as a Windows 8 app, there will be things missing from the true Chromebook experience. There are a few things that they cannot do anything directly, like the insane boot speed and the instant wake up. But there are a few things that they can fix with packaged apps.

Take the example of the Files app in Chrome OS which works as the “My Computer” of Chrome OS. It is available only on Chromebooks. But if Google wants, they can do a packaged app for the Chrome platform and that will take care of it on Windows 8 too. They can use the Android strategy of publishing stock Android apps to Play Store to reduce OS fragmentation.


Things are getting hot. You guys will agree when you try this out for yourself. (Give it a few more weeks, and this will land on beta/stable channels.


Source - The Verge. via 

Google Chrome on Windows 8.1

Google Chrome on Windows 8.1? Well, I tried it out this week and things look, hmm, say, normal? I am actually writing this post from my Windows 8.1 PC at the moment (on my PC after a long time, thanks to my 5 550 Chromebook).

Google Chrome on Windows 8.1 looks and feels the same way as Chrome on Windows 8. You get the same metro mode and the same tile, window docking etc.

I have  been using Chrome on Windows 8.1 for couple of days now and things are looking all good here. However, I see couple of bug reports on the Google support forum, at least from the touch screen users.

I updated Windows 8 to the Windows 8.1 Preview last night. I’m using a high-resolution Samsung SMS27A850 display (2560×1440). I noticed immediately that Chrome looks sort of blurry/fuzzy. It looked crisp in the previous version of Windows.” one comment says.

windows 8  Google Chrome on Windows 8.1

Another report on Softpedia says the touch is not accurate on Chrome running on Windows 8.1. “Each touch registers about 1.5″ up-left from where I actually touch the screen. This is consistent after a restart of Chrome and a reboot of the Surface. I calibrated touch through the Control Panel and the issue persists. The pen is not affected… I can use it to touch an exact location on the screen,” says Softpedia, quoting a user bug report.

I will try to use Windows 8.1 more in coming days and bring you more updates. Stay tuned for more!

Google Chrome Browser for Windows RT – No, Not Yet!

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?

windows 8  Google Chrome Browser for Windows RT   No, Not Yet!

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!!

Audio Fades or Stops While Running Chrome Windows 8.1 Metro App In Background?

Audio Fades or Stops While Running Chrome Windows 8 Metro App In Background? That won’t be fixed according to Google. Read on, to find out why.

Audio Fades or Stops While Running Windows 8 Metro App In Background?

Today, while Soundcloud was playing some music for me on Chrome, I switched from the Chrome Metro app to another one, while leaving Chrome in the background. Music stopped as soon as I switched to the other app. It resumed when I opened Chrome again.

I found many users reporting the same issue on Chrome support forum. So, it was not my computer or my set up.

Is It Same for All Metro Apps on Windows 8?

No. I found this on Microsoft’s website.

In Windows 8, we made it really easy for you to develop an app that plays audio in a simple and power efficient manner. Windows 8 provides system level controls that are designed to improve the user experience within the MediaControl class, using stream categorization, and media transport controls. In this section, we look at how to make your app play audio in the background. We don’t go into details about actually playing audio or the Media Control classes. For more info about the audio technologies, see the Audio playback in a Metro style app white paper.

There are three important requirements that the app must meet to play audio in the background:

  • A background audio declaration must be in the app manifest.
  • You must set the stream category (msAudioCategory) to either Communications or BackgroundCapableMedia.
  • Your app must register for media transport controls.

The article has detailed instructions on how to get this working.

 So, Why Chrome?

I got my answer from this Chrome bug report. ts not just Chrome. IE 10 also will do the same thing if you play something with audio and change to another app, leaving it run in the background.

windows 8  Audio Fades or Stops While Running Chrome Windows 8.1 Metro App In Background?

We were told my Microsoft that it was unsupported behavior for Metro-style browsers to continue audio playback in the background., a Chromium developer says.

The Music app on Windows 8 can play music in background, so why not other apps like browsers?

The Music app is a pure Metro app, whereas Chrome and IE are desktop apps under the hood. We’d love to be able to emulate this functionality, but Microsoft’s guidance is that we can’t.

Unfortunately, the OS is in control here. There’s no decision Chrome can make to continue playing music in the background; when Chrome is running as a Windows 8 app, and it goes offscreen, the operating system simply suspends us and we cannot continue executing any processes. It’s out of our control.

So, there you have it. Chrome will not be able to give you music in the background if you are running it as a metro app. Here is how you can switch between metro mode and desktop mode.

Is There Any Workaround?

So desktop mode is what you will have to use until someone finds a workaround. An alternative method you can follow for now is running Chrome Metro App in Snap In mode. That is, running Chrome and your second or third app side by side. To do this, you need to click and drag Chrome from top of the window and snap it to left or right and then open second app. Like this:

windows 8  Audio Fades or Stops While Running Chrome Windows 8.1 Metro App In Background?

Stay tuned to this blog, I will update when a workaround is available for sure!

How do I Use Chrome Metro Mode on Windows 8?

How do you Disable or Enable Chrome Metro Mode in Windows 8? How does it work? What are the features you get on meto UI? Here is  a quick tutorial.

Google Chrome in Metro Mode on Windows 8 looks more like a Chromebook. How do you enable or disable Google Chrome metro mode on Windows 8 computer? It is really easy.

The main reason I upgraded to Windows 8 soon after it was released is trying out Chrome and giving you some useful stuff. I’ve been using Windows 8 on my little netbook for a while now, but due to resolution limitations, I couldn’t run live tiles and many other things.

How to Disable Chrome Metro Mode in Windows 8

When you have Google Chrome on Metro Mode, click the settings icon, and choose “Relaunch in Desktop Mode“. This will restart Google Chrome in normal mode or desktop mode.

The desktop mode is your normal Google Chrome. You get to see rest of your computer screen and apps here. But the metro mode hides everything and puts Chrome in the center-stage.

How to Enable Metro Mode UI on Google Chrome

Its simple. You go to settings menu and select Relaunch Google Chrome in Metro Mode. So, that’s how you toggle between metro mode and desktop mode on Windows 8.

windows 8  How do I Use Chrome Metro Mode on Windows 8?

Open Chrome in Metro Mode

Once you have Google Chrome installed on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you can open it in metro mode using the Relaunch in Desktop Mode option.

What more do you get on metro mode?

  • You get to run Chrome in full screen mode, the metro style.
  • There will be a charms bar. From charms bar, you can access Chrome Settings.
  • Charms bar has share option, which does not do much for now. I hope to see web intents working here please!
  • You have the snapping option. From the top of the window, click and drag to activate this, like any other metro app.
  • You can close the app by clicking and dragging it all the way to the bottom.
  • When you have multiple windows open, you get a window switcher icon on the top right corner.

Making Metro Mode Default for Google Chrome

I thought this will be tough. Turns out, its pretty easy. There is nothing that you will need to do to handle this. If you run Chrome in Metro mode and close it, next time you open Chrome App, it will go straight on to the metro mode.

In the same way, if you close Chrome while in desktop mode, it will open back in desktop mode. Neat

How To Force Metro Mode or Desktop Mode on Chrome

Now, what if you want to tweak and poke Chrome app on windows 8 a bit more?  I’ve got two flags for you to play with.

  • force-immersive  – This flag will force Metro mode for Chrome Windows 8 App
  • force-desktop – This flag will force desktop mode for Chrome Windows 8 App

Did I miss anything? Is there something that you want me to try on Chrome + Windows 8? Do you have any tip for me to try? Do let me know!

Get Your Google Chrome on Windows 8.1

Its not easy figuring out Windows 8. But things are okay once you do. Getting Google search and Chrome on your Windows 8 PC or Laptop is one of main things you will have to do during this figuring out session.

Google has made it easy for you.

They announced a simple website that will help you download the Google search app and Chrome for Windows8 easy:

If you’ve moved to Windows 8 and are getting acquainted with it, you may be looking for a couple of your favorite Google products that you use every day. To help you get the best experience possible on Google and across the web, we’ve designed and built a new Google Search app and Chrome browser for Windows 8 and created a simple site to help you get your Google back.

The Google Search app comes with a clean and recognizable user interface. Our new voice search lets you naturally speak questions. The image search and image previews are built for swiping. And, as usual, you get immediate results as you type with Google Instant. The doodles you enjoy on special occasions will be right there on the homepage and even show up on the Google tile on your start screen.

The Chrome browser is the same Chrome you know and love, with some customizations to optimize for touchscreens, including larger buttons and the ability to keep Chrome open next to your other favorite apps. It delivers the fast, secure web experience you’ve come to expect from Chrome on all your devices.

Now, a couple of things from me, to help you get started with Windows 8 and Chrome.

windows 8  Get Your Google Chrome on Windows 8.1

Hope you are enjoying Windows 8 and Chrome on it. Or… are you waiting to get a Chromebook?

ps: I have added a plugin to display some related posts on the header. I am not sure if it looks good there, or if I need to it somewhere else… your suggestions?

Make Chrome Default Browser on Windows 8.1

Make Chrome Default Browser Windows 8   one of the first things I did after installing Chrome on Windows 8 computer. It was easy and simple. Here is how to get Chrome as default browser.

There are a few ways to do this.

Set Chrome Default While Downloading The App

When you are downloading the Chrome App for Windows 8, you will have a check box asking if you want to set Chrome as default on your Windows 8 computer. If you have this checked, Chrome will be your default browser when download is complete.

windows 8  Make Chrome Default Browser on Windows 8.1

Easy, effortless!

After Installation – While Using Chrome

When you start using Chrome, there will be small yellow bar on the top asking if you want to set Chrome as your default browser. Click on “Set as default” to get Chrome set as your default browser.

windows 8  Make Chrome Default Browser on Windows 8.1

Easy isn’t it?

From Chrome Settings

You can go to settings on Chrome, (click settings icon or open chrome://settings) and look for “Default Browser” Click “Make Chrome my default browser” and you are done!

Another easy method!!

From Windows 8 Settings

Now, here is one more method, this one is using Windows 8 settings.

windows 8  Make Chrome Default Browser on Windows 8.1

  1. Open Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set Default Programs.
  2. Select Google Chrome from the list “Programs”
  3. Click Set this program as default
  4. Click Ok


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Google Chrome for Windows 8 Metro UI Confirmed

We all know that Google Chrome works fine on Windows 8 and you can add it as an app to your Metro UI. But news of the day is, there are some metro specific  features coming to Chrome to make your browsing experience on Windows 8 more lively.

“Our goal is to be able to offer our users a speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms, which includes both the desktop and Metro versions of Windows 8,” the rep said. “To that end we’re in the process of building a Metro version of Chrome along with improving desktop Chrome in Windows 8 such as adding enhanced touch support.” (Mashable)

windows 8  Google Chrome for Windows 8 Metro UI Confirmed

Metro UI has live tiles. Now, lets start imaging Chrome’s live tile updating with say, alerts, or download status…hmm what else can you think of?

Another possibility is Chrome for Windows 8 Tablets. If the team decides to add features similar to Chrome for Android here also, we will get a seamless experience on a Windows 8 tablet and Windows 8 PC.

I’ve Windows 8 consumer preview running on netbook now so I will keep that there ( I was planning to change back to Chromium OS) and see what the team comes up with. So, expect some hot Windows 8 Chrome news soon. But until then, I want you to use your imagination and drop me some comments on what you would like to see on Chrome Metro UI on Windows 8.

Comments field is open to everyone windows 8  Google Chrome for Windows 8 Metro UI Confirmed

How to Add Chrome Apps to Windows 8 Metro Start Screen

Google Chrome was working fine on Windows 8 Developer Preview and now I have Consumer Preview installed on my netbook. The upgrade went fine, but I had to re-install Google Chrome.

Metro UI Start Page is the biggest attraction on Windows 8. So, how do you add your Google Chrome Web Apps to this menu? Well, its easy. Here is a simple guide.

1. Go to “Apps” section of your New Tab Page and right click on the app you want to show on metro menu.

windows 8  How to Add Chrome Apps to Windows 8 Metro Start Screen

2. Select “Create Shortcut”

windows 8  How to Add Chrome Apps to Windows 8 Metro Start Screen

3. Here, make sure you have “Desktop” checked. You can uncheck “Start Menu” and “Pin to Taskbar”

windows 8  How to Add Chrome Apps to Windows 8 Metro Start Screen

4. Go to Desktop of Windows 8. You will see the app there. Right click on it and select “Pint to start”

windows 8  How to Add Chrome Apps to Windows 8 Metro Start Screen

This app should now be available on your Metro Start Page. Newly added apps usually show up on the extreme right of the menu. You can drag it to the front page or even group few of your apps together in to a folder. You can delete the app from your classic desktop if you want!

More Chrome Windows 8 posts coming soon!