AFTER DROPPING HINTS about some features coming to its Chrome web browser in a developer version late last year, Google has announced that it will roll out these updates for everyone, including a Windows 8 update and some better tab functions.
The tab tool update lets users visually scan their tabs to look for a new speaker icon that will help them quickly locate which web pages are making noises from ads or automatically streamed videos, for example.
"You can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the ones singing in the background. You'll also be able to see which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV," Google said in its Chrome Blog.
This update was initially tested in the Chrome Beta update released in November, but a month prior to that, updates were spotted in the firm's Dev Channel version of Chrome, which included the mimicking of the Chrome OS interface in the Windows 8 start screen with the same app tray and multi-window system behaving in the same way as Google's desktop OS instead of running as an application program in the Windows Desktop environment or as an app in the "Modern" Windows environment.
The features found in the developer channel update weren't guaranteed to reach the final build, but it seems that Google's experiment paid off and this is coming to the masses.
The new "Metro" mode essentially converts Chrome for Windows 8 into Chrome OS.
"Manage multiple Chrome windows and quickly get to your favourite Chrome Apps with an integrated app launcher," Google's blog continued. "On the desktop, we've updated the default styling of user interface (UI) elements like form controls and scrollbars to match the sleek design of the new Chrome Metro interface."
Along with these two major updates, Google has also added a few safety features for web browsing with the Chrome app, including the ability to automatically block malware files.
Google didn't say when it will release these updates. µ