Chrome App Launcher Developer Preview Now Available for Windows

Chrome app launcher brings the Chromebooks app launcher experience on Windows, helps open web apps open outside the browser. Coming soon to Mac OS X and Linux.

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Chrome App Launcher Developer Preview, a dedicated home for Chrome web apps that makes them easy to open outside the browser is now available on the Chrome dev channel for Windows.

"This is the same experience as the app launcher on Chromebooks, but for other platforms," Google said adding, "it will be coming to Mac OS X and Linux soon."

To use the Chrome app launcher, you must first install a Chrome packaged app, such as IRC client CIRC or Text Drive. You'll then get the app launcher as an icon on your Windows taskbar the first time you install a packaged app.

"Chrome packaged apps deliver a native-like experience across multiple platforms with the security properties of a web page. Just like web apps, packaged apps are written in HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. But packaged apps launch outside the browser, work offline by default, and have access to powerful APIs not available to web apps," explains Google.

Chrome packaged apps are not yet searchable on the Chrome Web Store - "but you can build your own packaged app, upload it to the Chrome Web Store and access it via its direct link," Google adds.

Try out the Chrome app launcher here.

Chrome app launcher developer preview for Windows