Google has enabled pinch-to-zoom in the Chrome Canary channel for Windows. The feature works in both the desktop and metro experiences on Windows 8 as well as Windows 8.1.
Enable pinch-to-zoom on Windows 8 by default
This is the android style PtZ. It has known issues wrt to fixed-position elements.
This is effective in desktop and metro experiences.
Beaufort was also kind enough to upload a video of the feature in action:
Chrome for Windows already offers an on-screen keyboard for touch devices as well as a horizontal swipe gesture for navigating back and forward between webpages. Pinch-to-zoom is a notable addition, however, as it hints the company is looking to further make its browser the default experience on Windows, regardless of whether you’re in desktop mode or metro mode.
In fact, as of Chrome 32, Google has a new design specifically for the metro side of Windows 8. In short, it’s Chrome OS inside Microsoft’s operating system: you can manage multiple Chrome windows and launch Chrome Apps from an integrated app launcher.
Google says Canary is “the most bleeding-edge official version of Chrome and somewhat of a mix between Chrome dev and the Chromium snapshot builds.” We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more touch features start flooding Chrome for Windows over the next few months, slowly making their way to the stable channel. 2014 is shaping up to be the year when everything becomes touch-friendly, at least for Microsoft and Google.
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