Google Chrome finally brings needed touch features to Windows 8

Google incorporates new touch features in its latest Chrome Canary testing build. In the most recent nightly release of the popular web browser, Google is testing few new touch functionalities. For example, you can now swipe the screen left or right to navigate web pages. This new feature is similar to what Microsoft has already added in Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 — though, it’s still unclear if Chrome also pre-loads the next page in the background as IE does to enable faster navigation.

The latest Chrome Canary build also brings full onscreen keyboard support for the desktop version of the browser on Windows 8. Now, when you tab on text boxes or address bar the keyboard just shows up as expected.

Pinch-to-zoom (feature that let you zoom web pages with your fingers) is another touch feature landing in the web browser as “enable pinch scale” option already appears in the chrome://flags page for the latest Chrome Canary nightly build.

Google has previously released a Metro style version of Chrome for Windows 8 new user interface, but it’s simply a full screen version of the software. Although, Google may change which features will ship in the final version Chrome, these new touch features will make the browser more functional on the fast growing demand of touch-enabled devices, in particular with Windows 8, which is a touch-first operating system.

Source Chrome Canary via The Verge

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