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Metro (Modern UI) Enabled Browsers for Windows 8

Microsoft is now all ready to spin the world with its final launch of Windows 8 operating system that has been able to maintain its hype since the day it was announced. It was noticed that even before its consumer launch, the developers were keen to release software that would be compatible with it. Not only this, but keeping in mind the new features that Microsoft has added in it, dedicated software are specially designed to support the new system, which is undoubtedly, will turn out to be a hit in coming October.

Windows 8 Start1 Metro (Modern UI) Enabled Browsers for Windows 8

While discussing about Windows 8, the first thing that clicks to mind is its magnificent User interface which is now taken as a surprise package by the users. The user interface was first named Metro but now it is known as Modern UI because of copyright issues. As some of you might know, Microsoft has now offered a completely new interface, saying a final goodbye to its traditional Windows user interfacing. In this post we will discuss about the Web browsers that are designed to work as Windows 8 Metro (Modern UI) apps.

What is Metro or Modern UI?

Before we talk about the browsers that are specifically developed for Windows 8, it is necessary to know what makes Windows 8 different from all previous versions of Microsoft Windows. Although the entire story is a different one, the primary emphasis that is given to, is the Metro or Modern UI feature. This User interface, which was initially called as the Metro UI is now what people know as Modern UI. If you take a deep view, you will see that this Modern-style interface resembles the interface that Microsoft Windows Phone 7 offered. This means that the old desktop icon system has now come to an end with a new feature that will launch applications like an tile. Windows 8 is basically a touch screen device dominated operating system and its Metro UI is designed keeping in view that the coming years are all based on touch screens. However, showing backward compatibility, mouse and keyboards work completely fine with Windows 8 too. With your Windows 8, you will experience a new way to interact with your machine with the Metro or modern UI.

Why it is important to have a Metro enabled browser?

Good things come with their special packages, and windows 8 is definitely the most suited example. For your most happening Operating system, you are required to get your hands on Compatible metro browsers to enjoy internet browsing. It might sound interesting that metro browsers are coded the same way as the desktop browsers but they have an edge of running in the background which is not the case with most of the Metro apps. The Metro browsers continue downloading and uploading files even when you are not apparently working on it.

In order to maintain the readability of these browsers, you can download them from web and install following simple steps. Your browsers are capable of using your SkyDrive accounts to store your favorites. This means that you can now store a history of more than 1,000 sites and other settings with a quick way to access them. However, it is important to state here that you can only use any one Metro-enabled browser at a time.

Browsers compatible with Windows 8 Metro

Now that we have discussed all the important queries related to the compatible browsers, lets us see the best web browsers that are developed to support the modern UI of Windows 8.

a) Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer Metro app Metro (Modern UI) Enabled Browsers for Windows 8

Internet explorer enjoys the most benefit of been used with Windows 8, mainly because it works as a part of Windows 8. Internet explorer 10 is compatible with both desktop version and the touch-optimized full screen plug-in-free Metro version. The best part about this one is that you can run all the plug-in and accelerators you want to modify its use.

Since Internet Explorer comes pre-installed in Windows 8, there is no need to download and install Internet Explorer 10 separately. Please note that Internet Explorer will only become Metro enabled if it is set as a default web browser in Windows. When you set it as a default browser, the Start tile of Internet Explorer will automatically become highlighted to show that it is now Metro enabled.

b) Google Chrome

Google Chrome Metro Metro (Modern UI) Enabled Browsers for Windows 8

It was expected to hear from Google about its Chrome browser that it is specially developed for Windows 8. It is expected that Google Chrome is going to be the most used windows 8 browser on the basis of the fact that a large number of users prefer to use it and it is less likely to expect that they would deviate from it.

The latest version of Google Chrome already supports the Metro interface. You only have to set Google Chrome as a default browser. This will change the Google Chrome tile in Windows 8 start screen.

c) Firefox

Mozilla announced previously that it would release a preview of Firefox for Windows 8 , this September. The new version would be styled as a combined classic browser with metro browser, with classic desktop UI elements for tabbed browsing and navigation. The current version of Firefox does not support Metro enabled browsing interface but hopefully the next version of Firefox will have full support for Metro/Modern UI. It should definitely be released before the retail release of Windows 8 on 26th October.

d) Opera

Another huge name amongst the metro Browsers is Opera. Opera recently announced that it would soon be coming up with a dedicated version for Windows 8 UI compatibility and is still in development.

Windows 8 final release is expected in the coming month and along with it, keeps your fingers crossed for unfolding some bigger surprises that would be a part of the great release.

Do you prefer to run your browser in Metro enabled interface? If yes what are your thoughts and opinion about using this new interface? Does it benefit the current PC market or this design has specifically been made for Windows 8 tablets?

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