Chrome App Launchers to Make Chrome Apps To Go Native

Google Chrome has turned 5 years old, yes, time goes real fast. To make it a little bit more special, Google released a project that moves its Chrome Apps to another level, going native on Windows.

Chrome App Launcher

Chrome App Launcher, the new kind of Chrome App, allows you to launch your favorite apps right from the desktop, which brings together the speed, security and flexibility of the modern web with the powerful functionality previously only available with these native Windows apps.

To get started

I don’t see a direct way to install it but you can get it loaded on your computer by

  1. Go to “For your desktop” collection in the web store;
  2. Install one app from the list.
  3. Once the app gets installed, the app launcher will be installed and enabled automatically.

You will see a nicely designed Chrome App Launcher icon appeared both on your desktop and taskbar. Clicking on either of the icons brings up the launcher like:

Chrome App Launcher icon on Windows Taskbar

Chrome App Launcher icon on Windows Taskbar

Some of the apps listed in the app launcher, such as Gmail, Google Drive, will still be launched in Chrome browser, but apps from For Your Desktop collection are launched just like a native desktop app.

Chrome Native Desktop App - Wunderlist

Chrome Native Desktop App – Wunderlist

What if I have multiple Google accounts?

No problem, you can easily switch the accounts right from the top corner of Chrome App Launcher, through Settings windows.

Chrome App Launcher Settings

Chrome App Launcher Settings

Does it have a future?

It’s quite obvious why Chrome makes this move trying to make a threat to what Microsoft brings to its own desktop. Personally, I like it and will definitely keep my eyes on it to see how it grows and competes Windows app in general.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 03/21/2016

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