Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Sep 2013 15:22 UTC

The new apps look and behave much like the native apps you find on Windows and OS X. They're built using web technologies, but also with Chrome-specific code that means they won't be able to run on other web browsers - they're truly Chrome apps. They can exist outside of your browser window as distinct apps, work offline, and sync across devices and operating systems. They can also access your computer's GPU, storage, camera, ports, and Bluetooth connection. Chrome Apps are, for now, only available through Chrome on Windows or Chrome OS on a Chromebook. Mac users will have to wait another six weeks before their version of Chrome will be updated.

This is very important for Chrome OS - since this means it can now have applications outside of the browser. Google's plans for Chrome OS suddenly became a whole lot clearer.

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RE: Clever or hypocritical evil?
by bnolsen on Fri 6th Sep 2013 19:19 UTC in reply to "Clever or hypocritical evil?"
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It seems to me like google is just using this platform to break MS's domination of office possibly even on the corporate desktop. Unless I am wrong google is just using the salt and pepper interface in chrome to provide the platform for these applications. No word on the cost of these suites, nor on file compatibility. But they will have to be compatible with existing applictaions to get any traction.

Has anyone seen how inexpensive some of these chromeos devices are?

I'm just not seeing how a new competitor to MS office and other MS locked in applications is a bad thing. People can still run libreoffice if they like, or go spend the many $$$'s to buy a copy of ms office.

Edited 2013-09-06 19:22 UTC

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Hiev Member since:

It is always extrange that when Google is getting beat up for its unethical behavior some one always bring MS to the topic, this is not about MS, it is about Google trying to lock in the web.

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bnolsen Member since:

lock in the web? it's about using chrome as a platform for delivery of applications that may run independent from an internet connection if desired. Any developer can target chrome in addition to windows, macos, etc, so the api is apparently not closed.

In the context offered, really how different is this from what java promised to do? the chrome browser just becomes the virtual machine.

Edited 2013-09-06 19:27 UTC

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bassbeast Member since:

Don't remember ActiveX and how it locked in businesses for half a decade? Remember Google does NOT gets its money from you, YOU are the PRODUCT that Google harvests for the advertisers that are its customers.

So yeah,giving Google a way to lock users into Chrome, which will let them be as nasty as they wanna be with datamining because hey, you lose your apps if you don't agree ya know...yeah this is bad, VERY bad.

I'm just amazed how many here after having a half a decade of MSFT rule is will to hand rule over to yeat another Megacorp. Villain with god PR indeed.

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