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Chrome for Windows 8 Metro coming soon

Google has announced that it will soon release a version of its Chrome browser for Windows 8 Metro mode.

Chrome for Metro will be available in the next Chrome Dev channel release by setting it as your default browser, Carlos Pizano, a Google software engineer and "Metro Gnome," wrote in a blog post. It will work with the Release Preview of Windows 8, which Microsoft released last week.

Google first announced plans for a Metro-style Chrome browser in March. "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," Google said at the time.

Pizano said today that the "initial releases of Chrome in Metro mode will include integration with the basic Windows 8 system functionality, such as charms and snap view." But in the lead-up to the expected late-2012 release of Windows 8, Google will be "smoothing out the UI on Metro and improving touch support, so please feel free to file bugs," Pizano wrote.

"We're committed to bringing the speed, simplicity, and security of Chrome into Windows 8, and we look forward to working with you on it," he concluded. Google was sure to bring up the fact that the Windows on ARM version of the upcoming Windows 8 OS will not support browsers other than Internet Explorer. "Chrome won't run in WinRT," Pizano said simply.

Like the other versions of Windows 8, Windows RT will include two environments: the classic Windows interface and the more Windows Phone-esque Metro style option. Last month, however, Mozilla complained publicly that "Windows on ARM prohibits any browser except for Internet Explorer from running in the privileged 'Windows Classic' environment." Google soon chimed in that it shared Mozilla's concerns.

Microsoft has not commented on the controversy, but the Senate Judiciary Committee said it is examining whether Windows RT runs afoul of any antitrust regulations.