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Add some Windows 8.1 tiles to your New Tab page in Chrome Browser

Don't worry, I won't tell the Internet Explorer team you're using Chrome. I use Chrome; Daniel uses Chrome, and you probably use Chrome too. Don't get us wrong, we love Internet Explorer, but there are some Chrome extensions that make life a lot easier if you spend all day on the internet. Here's one that comes recommended from the Windows Phone Central team to make your Chrome browser a little more like Windows 8.1.

The extension is called Modern New Tab Page, and you should check it out. Modern New Tab Page is an extension that replaces your traditional new tab page in Chrome with one that looks and acts like your Windows 8.1 Start screen. You gain Live tiles that you can customize.

Here are all the features of Modern New Tab Page:

  • Create and edit tiles.
  • Change the background and font colors, display name, and icon of each tile.
  • Upload tile's icon from your computer or select an icon from a list of famous website icons or use a link to use any image on the internet.
  • Display the latest news of your favorite web sites by using RSS.
  • Click on any news to open it.
  • Drag and drop to organize the tiles the way you like.
  • Change the tiles' size to fit more tiles on the screens or to display larger tiles.
  • 26 color themes ready for you to personalize your page.
  • Make your own color theme using color pickers.
  • Upload your favorite image to use as background.
  • Change the background image opacity.
  • View and reopen your recently closed tabs.
  • View and open your bookmarks.
  • Export and import your tiles and configurations

Why use Modern New Tab Page over the traditional new tab page in Chrome? I like the ability to pin whatever website I want to a new tab page as a Live tile. And depending on the site, you might see the latest articles flip up on the live tile. For example, when you add Windows Phone Central you'll see the most recent story from our RSS feed flip as you open the tab page. You can even click it to go directly to that article. Nifty.

Modern New Tab Page will automatically fill in the icon for any website you pin, but you're able to use custom images too. This is handy if Modern New Tab Page pulls up a low-resolution image and you want something a little crisper. The ability to set a custom background behind your tiles is a cool feature and one that just adds to the various customization options available with this extension.

Best part? Modern New Tab Page is a free extension, so you have no excuse not to at least try it out.

Grab Modern New Tab Page for Chrome at the link below and let us know what you think of this extension!

262 Comments
  • Excellent article Sam, appreciate it, as I love Chrome! Going to try this now!
    But Chrome haters and IE fanboys in 3, 2, 1...
  • Grab the extension and let everybody know what you think! We're counting on you.
  • I'm using it right now, and I love it! Thank you so much for letting me know about this!
  • Yes indeed..thanks Sam, as I had no idea that this was available..
  • Also Sam, how did you get some of the icons to stay high res? Many of them, like the Bing one, becomes very pixelated. Edit: Figured out we can use custom images. :)
  • Is it only available for windows 8 devices or I can also get this on say a mac, android or Linux device.
  • You can use it for all of Chrome desktop apps. I'm using it on my Mac.
  • I'm a little upset at you guys right now but I'll get over it.
  • I've used this for about a year... love it!
  • Boom.! IE fan boy here
  • Gave up on chrome the day Google blocked Youtube app for WP. IE + Firefox and I can see no reason to use Chrome.
  • I'm not using Chrome. I use Firefox :p
  • Me too. Much easier to manipulate all of my add ons than it is in Chrome.
  • That's fine too.
  • SHAAAAAAAAAME
  • Why? Because I'm using the browser with the highest HTML5 score, and not the lowest one (IE)? And I'm using the browser that's best with extensions? Shame on me!
  • Sure, check your profile folder and then the program files folder. You will see the difference ;) No way I will ever use Chrome. Also IE has way better touch capabilities. And one browser on all devices is much preferable.
  • I don't use a touch computer anyways. I am in the process of selling my SP2 and getting a new Mac.
  • Lol noob
  • I likes Macs more. Is that okay with you?
  • It's ok. We can't save everyone.
  • Lol, you seem pissed. I guess you should hate some of the editors on this site too, judging by your "logic".
  • Lol. I'm never pissed. That in itself pisses people off.
  • Then what is "We can't save everyone"? What's wrong if I and many of the editors here use Chrome and Macs? I still love Microsoft, but I like Apple and Google too. My current preferred phone is a WP, current preferred tablet is a Windows tablet (TABLET, not a tablet that has laptop specs), current preferred computer is a Mac, current preferred browser is Chrome, and current preferred search engine is Bing.
  • You're getting all defensive. Feeling guilty?
  • I'm not just talking to you by my long comment, I'm talking to all the people here who say to me that I'm shameful and a disgrace in using Chrome and a Mac. Feeling guilty? What? Lol.
  • I was nominated by "all the people" to respond. Ahem......Bwaaaahaaaa!!
  • ?
  • Dude, your getting a Mac, who the f cares, seriously. But if you're running Windows on it, it's an overpriced Windows machine.
  • People on this site get angry when I say things that aren't "100% Microsoft". And I am running Windows on it, but not yet. I love mac OS, and Yosemite is beautiful. Windows will be in boot camp for me, but only when I need it. :)
  • I exactly know what you mean. Macs look cool, have great hardware, and can run Windows and Os X. And Chrome works better than IE because it uses WebKit. I am using IE right now, but it crashes on YouTube. So I go and watch YouTube stuff on Chrome. Chrome certainly doesn't offer as many choices in terms of settings, but it renders the HTML 5 and other things faster and properly. I also like WP, Surface, Bing, etc.
  • Bhahahahaha +520
  • Good one:)
  • I use a Mac but Chrome to me is sleeping with the enemy!
  • Then sell his Windows Phone for the iphone 6, cut his hair down the middle of his head and get a black turtleneck. The transition will be complete. He is truly unstoppable.  lol.
  • Dude, I'm getting the M8 WP. So what if I use Macs and Chrome? Many editors on this site do too.
  • Dude, what's all this logic you're spewing, Sthap Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Lol
  • Damn Kem. You used to recognize comedy, especially from me. Chrome has a way of dulling one's senses doesn't it?  :p
  • I didn't take that in a comedic way, my bad, read that wrong, lol. Carry on :P
  • My fault.I was only trying to arrest some of the BS flying your way. Bad timing sometimes. Its all good.
  • Why u including editor in each of ur comment... like they r the authority and should back u up.... no one gives a shit wat others like, its ur money, ur choice.
  • Never said the editors should back me up. I mention them because if people here want to bash others for liking non-Microsoft services like Chrome, then they should think twice about doing it to them as editors of their Microsoft site use Chrome too. Not saying the editors like Sam should back me up and help me "fight", lol.
  • Yeah Kem, Its funny the browser thing.... As I use win8 and wp randomly IE works better as the syncing just keeps it all up todate. And in the end just saves me time. But if you use a variety of systems then just the one that works best for you is the right one. Funny looking at tiles on chrome.... For the beating modern and tiles has got you have to admit it looks good here too.
  • I use non MS devices and services just as much as I use MS counterparts but I am just not willing to sell my data and soul to the biggest MS and WP hater called Google!
  • Hmm you do know that microsoft and the Nsa has been caught a number of times right? Either way you look at it, our data is being taken regardless.
  • Biggest mistake ever.
  • No, because you're using the browser of the most hypocritical company in the tech industry, propagating a "don't be evil" mantra for years in public while secretly stealing data in private (Wi-Spy anyone?). Chrome is spyware and it's quite shocking to see so many on WPCentral staff voluntarily using it.
  • Not all Microsoft fans have to hate Google. If you ask a random person, they love Google. Google is a great company and has done a lot of excellent stuff for all of us.
  • I just threw up in my mouth.
  • Hate Google all you want, but they have.
  • Google is not a great company. They're a hypocritical company that make the grand majority of their profits (near 90%) from advertising, which is based on privacy violations. Of course they have done some good things, but nowhere near enough to compensate for their terrible hypocrisy. Google needs to die.
  • Okay. :)
  • But Google sure hates MS and I can go with it but going out of their way (YouTube app blocking) to cripple WP platform is something I can't agree with. Imagine if MS blocked the use of Chrome on Windows 7 and 8.1 platforms!
  • MS doesn't even have to block chrome, just block advertising info back to google servers on every desktop running chrome. Site some of the same bs google claimed when they blocked WP from youtube. Hurting advertising dollars. The desktop is where google makes a chunk of its advert dollars. Turn that function off for 2 weeks each month for 3 months and watch how quickly they want to talk..
  • Its more of a 2 sided coin really. MS blocks Chrome on RT
  • Shame on you for lacking a sense of humour, that much is certain. :P
  • Well some people here are not being humorous, so it's hard to tell some if they are joking or not.
  • Hmmm
  • :O
  • What are you talking about? I won't deny IE is not as good as it should be, but Google Chrome the best? Come on, it's so clumsy I can't even see five pages in a row without some sort of bug. It can't load many of my personal accounts such as the ones of my bank, cable provider, and mobile carrier. It's thousands of years far behind Mozilla Firefox, especially in terms of extensions and add-ons, which makes me think there's no excuse for this site's editors to sleep with the enemy, especially when there's a much hotter chick out there called Mozilla Firefox.
  • I loved his apology in the beginning though.
  • Apology? Where?
  • Lol. Ok, maybe not an apology but he immediately goes into defense mode for everyone using it and saying how much they still love internet explorer even though they don't use it.
  • That comment made no sense. Could you rephrase?   And is this "he" me?
  • Sorry, "he" is referring to the writer, Sam Sabri. "Everyone" and "they" refers to the whole wpc staff. Seems none of my comments are making sense today. Apologies if it still makes no sense.
  • Ah, I understand now. :)
  • Firefox fan boy, here.
  • Firefox is the best
  • I use it for spacebattles but that's about it. Its a good browser I let my dad use it.
  • Lipstick on a pig
  • I was using Chrome before. but it really makes my pc so slow. now I use IE sometime, but Firefox is the best specially with all the extensions it has.
  • Lol you can use prefer IE over Chrome and not be an IE fan boy :p. IE is way more user-friendly on the SP3 compared to Chrome. With the ad block trick from the other day, I really see no reason to switch to Chrome.
  • Never said you, but many people here are IE fanboys.   Plus, I own a Mac, no IE on here. When Yosemite comes out, I might switch back to Safari, but idk, I love all the features in Chrome.   And for the Surface tablets/computers, convertibles, and other touch PCs, IE is better, absolutely! When I owned a SP2, Google didn't care about the SP and other high res computers with a different kind of aspect ratio, so I never used Chrome on there. But not on all computers IE is better. Chrome is excellent on Macs (better than the Windows version) and excellent on non-touch PCs. Never said IE is bad on non-touch PCs (desktop IE is pretty good), just not better imo.
  • Much better phrased response. I see the main reason in favor of chrome is the platform in use.
  • You keep saying that but you don't say why. What makes it better? What extensions / function do you use on that browser that makes it better?  I sense it is just a preference and something you simply got used to.  The only thing you mentioned was an HTML5 score and some BS about how IE is lowest. According to website TomsHardware, a site most tech types know about they have the numbers on IE and Chrome. HTML5 The HTML5 composite score is the geometric mean of the results from GUIMark2 HTML5, Asteroids HTML5 Canvas 2D Rendering And JavaScript Benchmark, the HTML5 Canvas Performance Test, and the Impact HTML5 Benchmark.   IE10 takes the lead in HTML5 performance on Windows 8, followed by Chrome 23 and Firefox 16. In Windows 7, Chrome is the first-place finisher, followed by Firefox and IE9. Opera finishes last on both OSes.
  • Lol, you're showing old browsers in html5. Chrome 23? Chrome 28 is almost out, lol. It's funny you think I'm bsing when you're the one with the wrong facts. Go to the html5 test, and see other browsers, and how the LATEST (read the term LATEST) browsers compare. IE11, Chrome 27, etc. I'm not lying, I'm speaking the truth. And the first browser I used on a computer I owned for awhile was Safari, then when I got the SP2, IE, now Chrome. So I'm being unbias about it. Just stating the true facts in how many cases Chrome is better.
  • My facts are not wrong but again, wrong is relative.  My stats come from Tomshardware. The standard on the net.  http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/internet-explorer-10-chrome-23-windo... The point is still the same. Mine is anyway.  Its just preference and what you are used to. I'm good with that.  If all browsers do HTML5 as well as web designers can write the code, what makes chrome better? I have yet to visit a website my browser could not render. I block ads and view content. If the web designer is smart, they will write code for their target audience. That doesn't mean only those with high end processors or those running the latest version of chrome.   Anyway, I seem to only be debating what year some test was performed. Chrome 27 or chrome 31. Neither has changed the HTML5 standard and render as intended. JUST LIKE IE11 Safari and Firefox 30.  End of story.
  • Everyone knows what the HTML5 test is. As you can see, even Chrome 18, Chrome 18, has a better HTML5 score than IE11. IE is behind on HTML5 in all of their versions, their desktop version, tablet version, phone version, and even Xbox version! http://html5test.com/results/desktop.html
  • i dont use IE i dont use Chrome! i use FireFox!!! :D better than google NSA browser :)
  • Mmmhhh...the unstoppablekem? Paul the ustoppable https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPQLsLRsvSw ...man you look damn good as a chrome user and wp and Macs and wp...(take it with a bit of irony, don't be upset eheheheh)
  • ...and he wonders why he can't get a job...
  • Start Using Mozilla.. I bet you will stop using Chrome :D
  • Unstoppablekem prefers Netscape.
  • Can't let unstoppablekem down.   Chrome. Ewww. But no, no IE fanboy. :P
  • :P
  • Firefox is da best. Independent and open source browser unlike IE, Chrome , Safari ...
  • I don't use Chrome, but I got it after they released a 64 bit version. Now I'll get this extension!
  • Nope, dont use Chrome, the browser that sends your data to google.
  • I hate google as much as you do but msft does the same thing as well as apple..i don't use chrome btw
  • Not true, read the companies privacy policies.  Google is, by far, the worst.
  • Absolutely
  • You are on the net. Your data is already on Google
  • Not all but surely who has a gmail account
  • Not quite. Just for the ignorant users. Just a view steps, like with DNS and only a small part of the data goed to Google. The same like you'd say we have no privacy anymore, so let all the data flow with caring about privacy. 
  • You search up news articles about chromium sending passwords to google then you'll understand...
  • Firefox is da best (y)
  • I don't think I'll ever use Chrome.
  • I did, but then I grew up.
  • I am the only one that are to lazy to install an additional browser that gives me nothing additional?
  • Firefox is da best (y). Haha
  • I ised ie like 5 years ago (it was bad back then) then for some weird reason switched to safari, didn't let long, switched to chrome to and quite liked it, started doing web design and switched to Firefox for that purpose, about six months ago switched back to ie again, and it just ribs smooth. I truly do believe its the best browser, if you are doing that - browsing. For coding i still find Firefox to be the best. Though 90% of the time i is my browser to simply well... Browse... Haha and as i said, for that ie is the best in my opinion.
  • Have to say I like ole chromey
  • I only use Chrome to test my web code for those 30%.  Couldn't fathom putting up with it as a default.
  • What's Chrome?
  • All polish and no substance?
  • I'm totally stealing that joke blackprince +
  • Hahaha
  • Sorry... Not a fan of Chrome. Not particularly hate it either. It just that Firefox has addons that suit my needs. So it's Firefox for me :3
  • I call shenanigans. Wolf in sheep's clothing! You just lost points for admitting you use Chrome. I still like you all at WPCentral, but why is there a bad taste in my mouth now?
  • Because you think with your heart and not your mind.
  • Good one!
  • So you're saying its irrational to not use Chrome and hate Google? This despite many of the very rational arguments I have seen against that train of thought. Interesting.
  • Not using the browser that best suits your needs IS irrational. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • "Best suits your needs" is a matter of personal opinion. My reasons for not using Chrome are based on principles. I used to use their services but was sick and tired of the bs they kept pulling. I also don't trust them. More power to you guys. I trust Microsoft.
  • My needs are very satisfied by IE11 modern and desktop. FF would lag too much and Chrome I never liked the UI or the developer, and Opera is all hype.
  • I can't use IE11 desktop because the fonts are all blurred and is a known issue since IE10. Compare twitter in IE and then in Chrome, it's horrible.
  • But IE beat suits my needs. So no, its not irrational.
  • And a little common sense. The result of lack of common sense is giving us less privacy and a big advertising tech company. Just in general not personal.
  • because of those 10 processes when am only one tab. 
  • No we use common sense Sam...Google=Spyware...
  • Chrome is my 3rd choice browser. I'll try this extension to see how it'll make my life easier
  • I'll go back to Netscape Navigator before I ever use the spyware that is Chrome again. Internet Explorer is superior.
  • Well i use safari...
  • Lol. Go home, you're drunk.
  • Firefox
  • I really love IE, I'll stick to it but in some cases use Firefox. I don't use chrome ever.
  • Very pretty but I already use Incredible StartPage giving more prominence to my favorites.
  • Will Chrome,Firefox be available for Windows phone ever?
  • I'm guessing its because the system doesn't allow other browsers to take priority.
  • Opera baby!
  • Sadly not for win rt
  • Love it! Keep that battery hog away.
  • I don't know why Microsoft doesn't allow IE to support extensions but allow others on windows to. If its a security thing then why allow it into your system at all
  • IE has extensions.
  • Yeah idk why many have this misunderstanding. IE does offer Extensions aka Add Ons. I am using one right now in the form of a tracking list to block most ads. Once I figured this out there was no need for Firefox or Chrome. Though some may need other Add Ons that IE may not offer.
  • IE only offers extensions on desktop browser ie11 in start screen dosnt.
  • Only bars afaik
  • It does its called reading view ;)
  • So when chrome goes boom they can say look, chrome blows.
  • I've not used chrome since 2010, the only thing that I have for Google is a Gmail account that I use for junk mail and YouTube.
  • Haha that's funny for the junk mail. But I won't even give them that privilege. I use yahoo for my junk mails. BUT if I know ill never need to use the email again I put in random Gmail accounts so someone gets spammed hahaha.
  • I use my old me.com account for junk mail
  • Well, I used to use Chrome. But latest versions are terrible when managing RAM. I've gone to IE 11 with Windows 8.1 Update, and it's a killer browser, amazing compared to older versions.
  • Chrome? So that Google can spy on me? So that I get checkerboards when scrolling fast? So that I'm forced to see that huge Google logo with a search bar in every new tab i open while I could have easily searched in the address bar? NO, thank you! IE and Firefox are much, much better!
  • If IE had the same plugins I'd use it. Performance and rendering wise it's a tie on my computer. I don't even notice which one I use except for the plugin use.
  • Chrome has horrible touch support. I use a touch device. Therefore: Chrome is horrible for my needs. Near extension, though. I'll check it out when I need Chrome again (for a desktop browser, that is. The non-modern IE SUCKS!!! Only the Metro/Modern version is actually good).
  • IE all the way for me. Won't touch chrome. Won't touch Firefox either. But if I need a back up I have Opera installed. Firefox is too slow and chrome is of course google which keeps me away. (I do use YouTube, but my email is Hotmail and I don't have a Gmail. So its justified for me. Just wish I could get rid of google+.)
  • Agreed. I'm all in on IE and if I ever slip a little and want to try another browser, it would definitely be Opera over Chrome and Firefox. Tried Chrome once and it was an unfriendly browser on my other laptop and Firefox is just plain stupid.
  • Don't use any Scroogle products. Firefox is a better alternative browser.
  • After this article I decided to try FF. It sure has changed since last I used it! And it has the plugins I use. No more Chrome for me!
  • I've used all of the main browsers as my main browser at some time or another and I've found Firefox to be the best (at least for me). I'd probably use IE if it wasn't for the poor add-on support.
  • Not using it, think it's totally garbage. Can't find the thing that makes so many go bananas about it.
  • Apparently it's the same dose of whatever drives people to iPhones, lol.
  • Yes I do utilize Chrome as my backup browser....have also had both FF & Opera installed..I just installed Chrome 64-bit stable edition....and will definitely try out this extension...thanks Sam for the info..
  • Chrome= low battery life, as admitted by Google itself.
  • Thanks for the excellent tip. 
  • I like the extension, but it keeps getting automatically disabled with a message that says "corrupt extension".
  • I use FF, but the 64 bit version of Chrome use less memory /I have adblock plus on both
  • Haha, you use chrome because it works better. Bing doesn't work at all with IE on my desktop.
  • been using awesome new tab page for 2 years, which also has a tile like ui but this one is better looking. will definitely give a try.
  • thanks a lot for this!
  • I read from left to right, am one of those who just cannot understand the layout of IE. Neither do I understand the tiles/oblongs! Opera, chrome, fire fox and then ie when the first three fail.
  • No thanks, I avoid the Google mothership at all costs. I am happy with IE with FF as fallback.. I would rather pay for a browser than make it easier for the advertising kraken to collect, track, mine and monetize me. Hideous company.
  • I'm.using Safari
  • Face palm*
  • ha!! no way i am installing chrome
  • No way would I ever recommend Chrome to anyone with Windows 7 or higher. Maybe on Vista and XP yes because IE 11 is not available for those OS'es. Btw many of you using Chrome should check out their file directories lol quite scary :P
  • I am a Firefox user. I installed Chrome just to check the file directory, I don't see what you mean :P Can you ellaborate? I hate Google though.
  • I long for the day when people will not be judged by the devices they use
  • but by the way they use them?
  • I used to use chrome, but I abandoned it when it became a bloated battery pig.
  • I hate what google stands for, but I must admit chrome is a more user friendly browser then IE. I was brought up with IE and windows but unfortunately MS has a tendency of taking the long way around. Only WP is a positive exception.
  • I don't use Chrome. Only tech media use Chrome and thinks every one does because everyone they know uses it. Just like Mac and iPhone.
    Consequently not surprising that tech media end up disliking Windows devices since Chrome browser kills the battery on Windows, has terrible touch screen support and wastes resources.
  • yes, that is so true. 58% of us use ie in some form.
  • At the end of the day, Internet Explorer remains my default browser. Chrome is just another alternative that's not as good as IE.. #SorryNotSorry Posted via my Xperia
  • Interesting
  • I use IE first and foremost, then Firefox for everything else and Chrome never. However, if this extension can give users the Windows experience inside a browser, who am I to tell them "no?"
  • Same here, but I would tell them no because of the negative effect it will have on their battery life. And if they have a touch screen Chrome is a terrible choice. If you want a person with a new PC to have a good experience you don't recommend Chrome. Someone with a Mac or a very old PC maybe, but even then Firefox is probably a better choice.
  • Google can suck my
  • There is simply no universe where I use Chrome.
  • And there at the beginning is the basic problem with IE. No real Add-Ons system. I do like the way this Add-On does the Windows 8.1 Dual-Colour Themes.   If only our Windows Phones offered the same thing *glares at WP Team* :/  
  • Use IE for touch since it has no real competition. Firefox for extensions and reasonable battery life. There is no scenario other than an Android phone where Chrome is a good choice. Chrome destroys battery life and performance on Windows.
  • You are weak!
  • Hmmm...I'm not sure I want tiles on Chrome. I don't like them on W8.1 anyway...well, I'll give it a shot anyway. Maybe they're more useful on Chrome than they are on Windows.
  • They are pretty useful on W8.1...you know, if you are one of those people that like information at a glance.
  • I never liked IE anyways :P
    Thanks for the article!
  • So can you use the Firefox browser on your Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone?
  • No thanks I'll stick with IE an Firefox.But it looks cool I hope Chrome users enjoy!
  • No, I don't use Chrome. Only IE syncs everything with my Windows Phone and Windows Tablet.
  • I don't understand that Google doesn't want to make APPS for Windows Phone and makes for Windows 8.1, go figure? At least is another breakthrough in the Microsoft platform.
  • Lets consider ourselves lucky. Google admits that Chrome will destroy battery life on a Windows machine. Does Windows Phone really need that burden? Then every tech site will complain about how poor battery life is on every Windows phone just like they do for every Windows PC they review.
  • Google is a company and they are going to put their money where it will make money and that is usually driven by marketshare.  They can afford to bypass WP8 but not Windows 8. There's money to be made. But eventually, if WP8 can gain enough marketshare to make it profitable, they will invest the resources.
  • I love the metro mode on chrome. I guess they finally added support for 1920 resolution and 64 bit. Looks great on dell venue 11 pro. I went to Microsoft Store to check out surface pro 3 and the rep kept asking me what apps I use and I said mainly chrome. He said he didn't understand why everyone used it, I think he wanted me to use ie. Well ie is OK but they should have a tab and bookmar bar like chrome and Firefox so I don't have to swipe up every time Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Well ie is OK but they should have a tab and bookmar bar like chrome and Firefox so I don't have to swipe up every time
    Why don't you turn on the "Always show the address bar and tabs" option in Modern IE11?
  • Still doesn't sync my tabs, across iOS, android, windows,chrome book, os x, and Linux. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Course it doesn't, it's not even available on all those platforms. I just gave you a solution to one of your gripes, that's all. If you're hell bent on using Chrome who's stopping you?
  • The people are kinda dicks yah know? It's a damn browser. Use what works for you and call it a day. You wouldn't go complain to your neighbor about the type of porn he watches would you? So why try and control what he watches it on? Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Depends. If it was child porn I would complain (aka harmful). It does bother me that tech reviewers always use Chrome knowing that it makes Windows machines run slower, hotter, and with less battery life. It's hard for that decreased performance to not have a negative impact on their overall review of Windows products. In any case I think the problem most people here have is not the reporting on Chrome, but the assertion that everyone here is using Chrome (because the editors do). That would be like your neighbor proclaiming everyone watches the same weird porn that he watches; obviously many people are going to object to that kind of an overreaching assertion.
  • That sir was a obvious joke -__- and if a simple joke causes a shitstorm like this all of you should put up your nice and enter the real world for a minute or two to realize that others don't give a rat's ass about your opinion. The point on Chrome slowing it down is valid, but since many people use it, it's better to do the reviews with it. Other wise you here "you said you 6 hours life and I got 4" instead it's "wow you reported 4 and I get 6" from non chrome users, and chrome users just accept it as is. There's a reason they don't do gaming benchmarks with Tetris. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Screw Google and their spyware browser!
  • I would not use a google product unless there was no alternative. I hate the company because of their childish attitude toward windows phone and as far as I'm concerned they can go f#$% themselves.
  • This is interesting, but I'm stuck on internet explorer. Speed > extension support for me
  • I prefer ie to chrome it's just my preference.
  • Didn't know that there are a lot of Chrome users... I use IE and Mozilla.
  • IE has way more users than Chrome/Firefox according to http://netmarketshare.com/
  • Inteernet explorer is meant for business users too.
  • IE better on the SP3... I use IE and nothing else. Love IE. Fan boy you may say... Honestly I don't care.
  • I have no Surface but I agree in your statement.
  • Ugh.  Fault IE all you want, but it's a damn fast browser.  With that said, I openly admit I use Opera.  I was using Chrome, but Opera can be set up to behave in a similar fashion, and I have all the same extensions I had on Chrome available to me. Opera's nice.  It looks similar to Chrome, but the tabs and buttons are more angular-less curved; something I prefer.  It's also very rarely mentioned in 'what browser do you use' discussions, and I am very pleased to be using the underdog browser. Chrome started to piss me off when it started hijacking my Nvidia 3D vision driver so that every time I opened the browser, it turned the 3D on.  In typical Google fashion they provided no switch to disengage this behaviour.  I managed to fix it eventually through control panel tweaks but this is plain inconvenient.   I just find that every time I use Google products they ultimately end up implementing some totally unnecessary change that pisses me off and forces me to adjust my usage pattern for no good reason,  and refuse to let me return to the previous format.
  • Yeah sort of like how I can't comment on YouTube videos anymore unless I create a Google+ profile page. Why does Google always do crap like this? I have no interest in creating a social networking profile (least of all on a social network nobody uses), I just want to use YouTube. So glad Google did not buy Twitch otherwise I'd be prompted to get on Google+ and share every time I wanted to use the Twitch app on Xbox. I used to use Opera, but I found Firefox better and at least it's not just another webkit clone. The more people that don't use webkit the better it is for the internet.
  • If I was forced to choose another browser Opera would be it. The principles of that browser is great.
  • What principles? They abandoned it all when they switched to using Chrome's JavaScript and rendering engines. For all intents and purposes now Opera is Chrome.
  • I like the idea of it, but looks terrible even with the feeds. I use Speed Dial which has miniature screenshots which is far more useful. Some may like it, but I don't find it interesting at this stage.
  • Chrome news on wpcentral? I think thats an all time low...
  • I've used that extension for a few months now and can really recommend it :) Love how it behaves like LIVE tiles.
  • I only have 8 GB on my rig and Chrome completely killed it. I'm not gonna have a 32 GB rig just for browsing. That's overkill.
  • Just because you said "you probably use Chrome too", I had to post, no I don't. I use IE and nothing else. Some years ago I could see reasons to use other browsers but IE is so god today and fits my principles I skipped the hassle and keeps my OS's clean from unnecessary installs.
  • I actually prefer internet explorer over chrome..
  • Installed it, looks beautiful.
    I use Opera and Google Chrome (they are almost the same nowadays).
    I love MS products, I love Windows Phone, I love my Windows PC, but Chrome is a great browser. You have to admit it, even if you use and love Internet Explorer.
    I think it's great that the guys from WPCentral use Chrome and admit its good. Admitting that the competition has good products is honest, is fair and is good press.
  • So...it's actually more customizable than the Windows 8.1 Start screen? Nice!
  • Is Chrome heavy on the surface? Asking cos when I use chrome on my Dec 2013 MBP, it heat up surper fast, such as watch Youtube video.  And when I use Safari and Firefox that does not happen.
  • Not putting chrome on anything of mine. I refuse to even do google searches. I don't like every move I make being monitored, and copycatting windows tiles? I don't get it.
  • Firefox (which I use) has New metroTab with live tiles. (It's only fair to write about this too WPCentral.) https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/new-metrotab/ It gives you a Start screen inside of a new tab page. It's very full featured. you can change the background color or use a background image, add, remove, and resize tiles, pages open with animations (which you can also control).  (Tip: If you run NoScript, you'll have to allow the url on the new tab page.)
  • Can you use Firefox on Windows Phone 8.1?
  • Lol, reading these opinions made my day. I love IE 11, use it on an RT and FF at work, but for my home laptops and desktops have Chrome holding 95% of my usage, my integration with multiple gadgets and accounts call for it, make official Google apps and services steady on WP and see what will happen...
  • I have chrome as my main browser, but I think I will switch to IE the only thing why I still need chrome is for my Chromecast, which is really great since it can play everything! I think I switch to the surface dongle when it comes out! And then finally a world without google :D
  • I don't use chrome. I'm on the internet a LOT, and IE works just fine.
  • I spend most of the day on the internet and I dont use chrome. Just to say not everybody does it. No fanboy-sm here, but...from a website dedicated to WP, it should be something to encourage in order to take position against a competitor that do not play fair: No google apps for WP? How many users are we loosing for that? Is this not enough to stop using G stuff to let our voice be heard? Wpcentral should be along with us ...
  • Nice
  • Just lost ALL respect for the author and the others mentioned. There is absolutely NO reason what-so-ever to use Chrome. I'm actually annoyed after reading this article.
  • Chrome is awful as hell but to each their own. I use IE primarily and Firefox as a back up
  • Nice to see Google copying MS. Maybe it'll convince som Android users to pickup a Windows Phone next time they're at their carrier's store.
  • YouTube app Google...........
  • I thought chroming was bad.......
  • Internet explorer is good but the design is not user-friendly.
  • IE ROCKS! Shame on these wp editors who use chrome Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • Good desktop browsers 1. IE, 2. FF, 3. Chrome....... Poor n bad browser: 1. Safari
  • awesome...
  • i use Internet Explorer only.  Internet Explorer is significantly faster than Chrome. I don't mind that there are no customizable start tabs. I just type the first or first and second letter of the website i want to visit, press enter and it opens it. Nothing faster than that.
  • Well I'm using it for like 3 months
  • Oh well. I wont go back to Chrome again. I am happy with Firefox and IE.
  • I still prefer fast and secure IE 11 instead of chrome crash I'm web designer and will suggest IE and FF.
  • Just loaded this and have to compliment the app as being spot on!  Well done that developer.  As mentioned tiles are a bit grainy here and there but some searching for real images, as mentined, should clear that.   It's already in place and actually makes using my New Tab screen much better in terms of options available, better looking, familiar and entertaining. Thanks!
  • IE and Firefox here!
  • Still no support for the Dell Active Stylus on the Venue 8 Pro :(
  • I don't really care about governments and such stealing my or your data, if there is nothing to hide.. And about data that shows you preferred adds, what's wrong with that? It's free. Of course I use ad blocker everywhere :D
  • I don't really care about governments and such stealing my or your data
    Well I (and many others like me) do care about "governments and such" stealing our data, and what's more, we care about them stealing others' data too, not just our own. "If there is nothing to hide then why keep it secret" is the most moronic BS excuse ever trotted out to give these entities complete freedom to invade our privacy, that too without any oversight. It's a slippery slope, buddy, and one day you will care when they cross certain boundaries even you deem to be excessive, but by then it will be far too late. You can dismiss it all you like but that's exactly where we'll find ourselves if everyone adopts the same cavalier attitude towards people's right to privacy.
  • Internet explorer is BULL SHIT......am using that shit from the year 1998 Way back from windows 97 until brother google saved the world with chrome.....Microsoft knows if somebody else is working so hard to make windows internet browsing better. Why to spend money on some default shit....
  • brother google saved the world with chrome
    Say it brother! Let us recite together the sage words of the Prophet Page, and dare not the unbeliever grin when he hears Prophet Brin. Let us raise our voices to Heaven and let Him clasp us to His bosom just as he did Brother Google when he saved the world with that mightiest of weapons, Chrome. Hallelujah brother, let us sing about the epiphany us True Believers shared in when we beheld that which would save our souls and ensure we'd be with Him when the Day of Judgment arrives. Let us cast all sinful thoughts of other browsers (for verily they are made of base metal) out of our souls and be free to be one with Him in all His everlasting fully-Chromed glory. Amen.
  • Firefox is my browser of choice for 6 months now. Chrome is blah now. I like IE 11 but for some reasons YouTube videos if played full screen don't play correctly.
  • Cool :D!!!
  • I'm sure some people like using Chrome but IE works fine for me.  Its one less thing I have to load and update.
  • Add this to mozilla tooo
  • Very nice extension, I like it :)
  • IE11 is my default, I guess for the browsing I do, it's a great browser. I also have Firefox and occasionally use that. I've tried Chrome but just don't get their UI look and feel.
  • I thought Microsoft patented the live tiles concept
  • I like it I can make the sites I use more often bigger :) 
  • This is really cool! We should be able to use whatever browser we want with out being called traders and worse can we be better than the ios and Droid fans and love Windows and other technology that make our lives easier ...Any chance that Firefox is getting this too if not I might get Chrome though I use Explorer the 95% of the time. Using their technology doesn't make me like either company though.
  • I don't love internet exploder. It's flawed and slow, and just because it is made by the object of which the cult bases itself on does not mean it is the best. It most certainly is not.
  • I don't love internet exploder. It's flawed and slow
    IE11 ain't slow, bub, but sure, use whatever you like.
    it is made by the object of which the cult bases itself
    A nonsensical statement indeed. And speaking of cults, other platforms don't have their own? Ha! You should see the amount of aggressive evangelism the supporters of other platforms do, but I'm sure you'll not acknowledge that given your position (and your use of "Exploder" clearly marks you out as a card-carrying member of one of those cults). I for one use whatever product best fits my needs; who gives a damn if it has a cult around it or what's the name of the company behind it.
  • Did love this extension, but four months later, seems to have mysteriously disappeared from the Chrome Web Store.