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Chromebook app launcher coming to future releases of Chrome browser

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Google is set to bundle its Chrome OS app launcher with future versions of its browser for Windows, OS X, and Linux. A dev channel version of Chrome released yesterday features the app launcher, which lets you run Chrome apps without launching your browser. The apps work offline and have access to a wider range of APIs than regular web apps. Google says you'll have the same experience as Chromebook users via the app launcher, with available applications including offline versions of Google Drive and Gmail.


At present, the feature is only available to users willing to try out the developer version of the Windows Chrome browser, but Google says it'll launch on the OS X and Linux dev channels shortly, and we assume it'll come to the stable consumer-ready version of Chrome soon enough.