Google Chrome Suiting Up For Windows 8 With Metro Version

Google's browser is getting a redesigned Windows 8 companion, compatible with Metro style and the Immersive user interface.

The search giant has confirmed to Mashable that it has begun working on a Metro-compatible version of Chrome. A spokeperson for the company has stated the browser to be compatible with both Desktop/Metro versions, making it a viable alternative to Microsoft's own IE10 browser.

The move comes three days after a similar one from Mozilla and Google confirmed that the upcoming browser will also be touch-optimized and based on the open-source Chromium as is the desktop version (currently in version 19).

Google did not release any additional technical details although one can expect the Windows 8-optimised Chrome to be released at the same time as Windows 8 itself, one which will complement the standard Chrome browser.

Other browsers (Safari, Opera) have yet to make a similar announcement. Microsoft has already confirmed that it won't oppose other rival browsers using the Metro interface although oddly, only the default browser would be allowed to run at any time.

Neither Chromium's official blog nor Chrome's official mouthpiece have yet reported on it. Google only recently released Chrome on Android (via Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) and has yet to get one for the iOS platform.