Google’s past attempts to conquer Microsoft’s Windows desktop computers have now come to a predictable end. The Chrome-developer recently declared that its Chrome application launcher would be eliminated from the main desktop platforms: Mac, Linux and Windows, starting this summer.
However, it will remain functional for Chrome OS and the search engine offered an explanation for the disposal of its application launcher. The decision was taken to optimize the web browser while noticing that that the majority of Chrome clients prefer to open their applications from there.
Taken from Chromebooks, this option offers quick accessibility to apps like Search, Docs, Gmail and many more. Once set up, a click on its vibrant icon shows a series of Chrome applications and searching bar for people with a massive collection of programs.
But the quick access cannot compete with pinned tabs and bookmarks. The company noticed that many people on the major operating systems for desktop open their applications directly from the browser. The application launcher represented a main browser feature that seemed to be particularly created to convert Chrome into Google’s own platform on Microsoft Windows.
Besides this, the application launcher was placed in the task bar and let customers to open different programs in a similar way to a regular PC program. This mimicked Windows’ menu features, but Google removed Chrome’s notice center backed in Oct.
The option was changed with local web push functions, which is a consistent feature that websites can utilize across all Internet browsers. In addition to these two options, Google also developed an improved user interface of the web browser in Windows 8, which basically places Chrome OS within the Windows operating system.
Microsoft’s strategy to continue with its Windows 8’s dual interface for a traditional display in the latest version of the platform destroyed Google’s intentions to bring Chrome in this ecosystem too. If you happen to be among the few users of Chrome’s application launcher, the search engine will still offer a method to open Chrome programs from its task bar.
Currently, clients can make a PC shortcut for their applications by inserting the chrome://apps command in the Omnibox, then right-clicking the program and then choosing Create shortcuts. This shortcut can be drawn from the screen into the task bar.
Google has already confirmed that this option will stay after the application launcher is removed and will upgrade its official website with the latest news about this sudden move.
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