Google Chrome will look a lot like Windows 11, for some reason

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With the release of Windows 11 (opens in new tab) just days away, Google is currently working to make Chrome (opens in new tab) appear more like a native app on the next version of Microsoft's operating system.

As reported by MSPoweruser (opens in new tab) and first spotted by Leo Varela (opens in new tab), a new patch in the Chromium Gerrit has revealed that Chrome is getting a visual update ahead of the release of Windows 11 that will add rounded corners to its browser (opens in new tab) windows.

One of the biggest changes in Windows 11 is that all of the operating system's windows, context menus and popups will have rounded corners (opens in new tab) and with this new patch, Chrome will more closely resemble Edge (opens in new tab) on Microsoft's latest operating system release.

Windows 11 makeover

According to the new patch on the Chromium Gerrit (opens in new tab), Google is changing Chrome on Windows to make the its menus have a “Windows 11 style” when run on the new operating system.

However, based on the code which reads “If this variation is enabled, displays Windows 11 style menus on all Windows versions”, rounded corners could also be enabled when Chrome is running on Windows 10 (opens in new tab).

At this time, we still don't know if “Windows 11 style” only refers to rounded corners. Chrome could be getting Microsoft's new Mica (opens in new tab) transparency effects as well as Windows 11-style icons as well.

As this new patch was recently submitted to the Chromium Gerrit, there's no telling when it will roll out to stable versions of Chrome but it would make sense if these changes were implemented to coincide with the launch of Windows 11 on October 5.

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Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.