Google is updating its OS platform and incorporating it into Windows 8. All apps and functionalities, through this feature, can be launched from a window within Windows 8. The developer version of the Chrome browser, which is essentially the Google OS, has been in the process of updating over the past few weeks.
According to a report from The Verge, the feature allows Chrome to run a multi-windowed mini desktop with all Chrome apps and functionalities within Windows 8’s “Metro” mode.
Quite different from the existing Chrome web browser, which has limited features, the new updates, now still in dev mode, has UI and functions like the app menu bar, the app launcher, Chrome shelf containing Gmail, YouTube, and Google Docs icons, and will be able to access multiple browser windows.
Although the apps are run off of the desktop, Windows does not allow this kind of fiddling with its RT version and the Chrome OS mode can be played out only on Windows 8.
The current development is still full of bugs and prone to crashes, but “Google’s Trojan horse” is on its way to establishing a presence more definitively within the Windows ecosystem.
It remains to be seen whether such a move is good for the OS giants and is just an evolutionary step toward deeper integration models.