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Chrome users on Windows 8 can expect an update rolling out to their browser today that includes a “Noisy Tabs” feature and Chrome OS-like desktop environment. The largest visual change is only noticeable if you run Chrome in “Windows 8 Mode”, a special mode Microsoft has set up for Web browsers that allows them to run in a pseudo-Modern app form.

Chrome now appears visually like Chrome OS in this mode. There is a grey background and multiple Chrome windows can be opened within the environment. There’s even a “shelf” that can run along the bottom, left, or right side of the screen. While it doesn’t give Windows users the full Chrome OS experience, it’s about as close as they are going to get.

To run Chrome in Windows 8 Mode, just select the option from options menu in the upper right corner of the browser and select Chrome as your default browser.

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As for the Noisy Tabs feature, you can see above that a small speaker will now appear beside any tab that is playing audio. This is helpful for those occasional websites that have music playing in the background or auto-playing ads, so that users can know exactly which tab is producing the noise. If only this feature were around back in the days of Myspace and annoying profile songs.

What do you think of this Chrome update? Do you think Google sneaking a Chrome OS-like environment into Windows 8 will help them convert Windows users into Chromebook users? Let us know in the comments!

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Source: The Verge

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