Chrome: If you like the look of Windows 8’s Start Screen, but you’re not keen on using it in Windows, New Metrotab for Chrome lets you use it for your new tab page. You get tiles for bookmarks, favourite sites, email and more. If you’re looking to spruce up “about:blank” with something more useful, this will do the trick.
The extension is pretty straight forward. Once installed, open a new tab to see bookmarks on the left, some commonly visited sites and installed Chrome apps on the right, and shortcuts to services you already use. The “calendar” tile will take you to Google Calendar, the “Gmail” tile right to Gmail (obviously), RSS will open your preferred RSS reader (right now it supports Fedly, Digg Reader and AOL Reader), and so on. The service supports more features than we can list, including Vimeo, Outlook, Grooveshark, weather forecasts, stocks, Evernote and more. Click on a tile, the tile does its animation while the site loads, and you’re on your way.
New Metrotab may be straight forward, but an incredible layer of customisation and tweaking options are right behind its user-friendly interface. You can turn the animations on or off, add custom CSS, toggle notifications, upload an avatar image, choose your preferred feed reader, select the number of tiles on-screen, you can even export and import your tiles and preferences to take them to another computer. Even if you don’t like Live Tiles in Windows 8, you might love them in Chrome. Hit the link below to give it a whirl.