November 1, 2012
Get Google Back On Windows 8
Google wants to make sure you don’t forget about it when moving to Windows 8. The company created a special web site recently with a cheeky video demonstrating how to put a Google search app on your Windows home screen and making Chrome the default browser.
When moving to Windows 8, Microsoft by default creates Internet Explorer 10 as the default browser and Bing as the search app. While both of these products have made significant improvements, many will still want to keep their web browsing and searching with Google.
To get the Google Search app, you must go to the Windows Store and download it for your PC. Do the same for Chrome, which can be done from Google’s browser site.
Then you will need to choose Chrome as your default browser after moving it to the Start screen.
Tamar Yehoshua, the Product Management Director of Search for Google, wrote on the company’s blog that Chrome includes features specifically for Windows 8, which has a more touch-friendly User Interface.
“The Chrome browser is the same Chrome you know and love, with some customizations to optimize for touchscreens, including larger buttons and the ability to keep Chrome open next to your other favorite apps. It delivers the fast, secure web experience you’ve come to expect from Chrome on all your devices,” he said.
You can’t fault Microsoft for making its own services the default option in its own operating system. In fact, the Bing search app is particularly inviting, as it includes the search engine’s daily high-interest image prominently in its app.
For those that give it a try but would rather stick with Google, there is now a clear description for how to make that happen.
Image Credit: Google