Windows 8 gets Chrome OS features in Google browser update

Latest Chrome web browser features tweaks for Windows 8, iOS and Android users.


Google has overhauled its web browser software so Windows 8 users can take advantage of features found in the search giant's Chrome OS.

Chrome 32, the latest version of its web browser treats Windows 8 users to a slightly reworked version of the software that takes some design cues from the Chrome OS.

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When launched as a Windows 8 app, Chrome morphs the Metro interface to resemble Chrome OS. For example, there is even the same roll call of web app icons in the bottom left hand side of the screen.

That's not the only notable new feature. Chrome 32 also alerts users that have lots of browser windows open at once, to tabs that are playing music, to make them easier to pin point and switch off.

Furthermore, the software has also received a couple of internet safety tweaks, including measures to flag malicious downloads to users, and a beta preview of its Supervised Users feature that allows restrictions on the type of content certain users can see.

The offering was first released to developers in October, but has now been made available to Windows, Linux and Mac users.

And it's not just desktop users that will feel the benefit. Google has also announced some improvements to the iOS and Android versions of Chrome, too.

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The first of these is designed to reduce the amount of data mobile users go through when browsing the web. This feature, Google claims, can cut data usage by up to 50 per cent.

Google Translate will also be made available to iOS Chrome users in the coming days, the company has announced, but is already accessible to Android users.

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