Even though Google has pretty much taken over the mobile and tablet platforms, it has to feel frustrated by its anemic presence on the PC, the oldest platform of the lot, a platform it has failed to crack so far. Sure, Chrome may be the most popular Web browser at the moment (according to StatCounter, 42% of users access the Internet using Chrome), but that’s where Google’s influence over the PC user ends- the moment he/she clicks the minimize or exit button on Chrome. Google has tried its best to invade the PC with stuff like Google Desktop and has even created its own Web-powered OS (Chrome OS) for its own PC- the Chromebook Pixel. While these steps have garnered attention from the media and the hardcore Google fans, they’ve failed to gain any sort of traction among PC users.
Enter: Chrome Apps, the latest attempt by Google to become the master of not only your online experience but also your offline one (well, offline to a certain extent as you’ll see). If you use the Chrome browser regularly, you’ll be familiar with its extensions (what Google calls Web Apps). Chrome Apps is similar, with the main difference being that these apps run outside (but not independent) of the browser. This means that Chrome Apps run in a separate window outside the browser, with their own different interfaces, and unlike the Web Apps, don’t require you to run Chrome first. You can find the new section of Chrome Apps in the ‘For your Desktop’ section of the Chrome Web Store.
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